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TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The Protocols by W. Richard Stevens, Kevin R. Fall

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Preface to the Second Edition

Welcome to the second edition of TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1. This book aims to provide a detailed, current look at the TCP/IP protocol suite. Instead of just describing how the protocols operate, we show the protocols in operation using a variety of analysis tools. This helps you better understand the design decisions behind the protocols and how they interact with each other, and it simultaneously exposes you to implementation details without your having to read through the implementation’s software source code or set up an experimental laboratory. Of course, reading source code or setting up a laboratory will only help to increase your understanding.

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