Al Anderson

Al Anderson

Network Expert, Engineer, Author

Missoula, Montana

Areas of Expertise:

  • networking
  • ruby on rails
  • realbasic
  • java
  • consulting
  • programming
  • training
Al Anderson is the Director of IT Support Services at Salish Kootenai College. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering. 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 has produced a 3-8 hour video series for the Virtual Training Company including Ruby on Rails, REALbasic, and Programming Ruby. In addition, he has built many production applications including a Learning ManagementSystem in use by Salish Kootenai College, a Ruby-on-Rails issue-tracking help desk application, and a Mac OS X Cocoa Airport Wireless Utility. Check out his website at

Head First Networking Head First Networking
by Al Anderson, Ryan Benedetti
May 2009
Print: $54.99
Ebook: $46.99

"The book is written to be both entertaining and informative, in a style that engages the reader. In other words, it’s specifically designed not to be boring, and to get the reader interested in learning, effortlessly. (I found myself wishing that the textbook I used in my Networking class in college had been written like this. Think how much more I would have learned!)."
--Marte Brengle

"If computer networking is providing a systems challenge and you're making the journey from junior network admin to expert, Head First Networking is for you. "
--James A. Cox, California Bookwatch: The Computer Shelf

"I really enjoyed reading this book. I would even go so far as to say that this should be the first book about networking for anybody. Although this is a book for beginners, even seasoned professionals can enjoy it - at the very least to learn a different, less technical way of explaining things to novices. It may not look like much at first glance, but it does what it set out to do: it teaches you the ins and outs of networking, and makes that knowledge stick. "
--Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security

"This book teaches the underlying principles of modern computer networking and teaches them well. "
--Ira Laefsky,