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June 17, 2009

Head First Networking--New from O'Reilly: A Brain-Friendly Guide to Becoming a Network Guru

Sebastopol, CA—Frustrated with networking books so chock-full of acronyms that your brain goes into sleep mode? Head First Networking (O'Reilly Media, $54.99 USD) has a unique, visually rich format, which provides a task-based approach to computer networking that makes it easy to get your brain engaged. You'll learn the concepts by tying them to on-the-job tasks, blending practice and theory in a way that only Head First can.

Head First Networking gets your hands dirty solving real network problems. Are you chasing down a break in your fiber network? Did you just discover the blueprints you were given left out major obstructions? Whether it's DHCP or NAT, port mapping or IP spoofing, routers or switches, you'll learn what's really going on--and how to fix the problems that can shut down your network--rather than a laundry list of acronyms and diagrams.

This book will help you:

  • Master the functionality, protocols, and packets that make up real-world networking
  • Learn networking concepts through examples in the field
  • Tackle tasks such as planning and diagramming networks, running cables, and configuring network devices such as routers and switches
  • Monitor networks for performance and problems, and learn troubleshooting techniques
  • Practice what you've learned with nearly one hundred exercises, questions, sample problems, and projects

Head First's popular format is proven to stimulate learning and retention by engaging you with images, puzzles, stories, and more. Whether you're a network professional with a CCNA/CCNP or a student taking your first college networking course, Head First Networking is the perfect partner on your step-by-step journey from junior network admin to guru, with not only answers, but the explanations to support them.

Advanced Praise
"Head First Networking takes network concepts that are sometimes too esoteric and abstract even for highly technical people to understand without difficulty and makes them very concrete and approachable. Well done."
--Jonathan Moore, Owner, Forerunner Design

"The big picture is what is often lost in information technology how-to books. Head First Networking keeps the focus on the real world."
--Rohn Wood, Senior Research Systems Analyst, University of Montana

For a review copy or more information please email maryr@oreilly.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

Al Anderson is the Director of IT Support Services at Salish Kootenai College. He has 10+ years of college teaching experience in Programming, Networking, and Desktop Publishing, and 15+ years experience in creating, editing, and formatting various documents including pamphlets, catalogs, and manuals. Al Anderson lives in Polson, Montana, and maintains www.hfnetworking.com.

Ryan Benedetti holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Montana and teaches in the Liberal Arts Department at Salish Kootenai College (SKC) on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Additional Resources:
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596521554

Head First Networking
Al Anderson, Ryan Benedetti
ISBN: 9780596521554, 536 pages,
Book Price: $54.99 USD, £42.50 GBP
Ebook Price: $43.99 USD

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