Well, I didn’t really finish it. I was about halfway through when I decided I had enough. I was a bit disappointed with it I must say. I do like Perlman but her writing style didn’t really appeal to me. It was basically like reading a 400 page long RFC and a lot of legacy protocols like Decnet and Appletalk. So I decided my time was better spent on reading something else.

Finished Perlmans book

5 thoughts on “Finished Perlmans book

  • July 19, 2010 at 12:42 am
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    I have this book on my bookshelf as well, but I haven't made it to read it until now. Way to much other books are keeping me busy right now ;-)You should give Internetworking with TCP/IP Vol 1 (5th ed) from Douglas Comer a try. This book helped me to get a better understanding of all the Internet technologies I read about in the past years.The writing style is not RFC like, but a bit academic. I wouldn't recommend it to someone who hasn't heard about the stuff that's in the table of contents before.Regards,Jochen

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  • July 20, 2010 at 5:18 am
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    That is actually the book I am reading right now 🙂 I have done about 100 pages so far and it seems very promising.I agree that the style is academic but not in a bad way. I am hoping this book will get me deeper in to TCP. I know the usual stuff, three way handshake, sliding windows etc but I haven't really delved into TCP before.Thank you for the tip. What else is on your bookshelf? 🙂

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  • July 20, 2010 at 12:47 pm
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    It is really a great book. The one who recommended it to me, suggested also to read TCP/IP Illustrated Vol 1. Both books cover more or less the same topics, but they have a very different writing style.Here are my other books:- CCIE R&S Certification Guide (4th ed)- Routing TCP/IP Vol 1 (2nd ed)- Routing TCP/IP Vol 2- Cisco QoS Exam Certification Guide (2nd)- Ciso Press, MPLS Fundamentals- TCP/IP Illustrated Vol 1- Practical BGP – ISBN 978-0321127006- Ethernet (2nd ed) by Jörg Rech (German book)- IPv6 Grundlagen, Funktionalität, Integration (2nd ed) by Silvia Hagen* German version of OReilly's IPv6 Essentials, but with up to date info from new RFCs- Cisco Press – IPv6 Security- Cisco Press – Inside IOS Software Architecture- Cisco Press – Cisco Express ForwardingThe first group of books is a must read for the CCIE R&S exams in my opinion. But I also like to read some other non-Cisco books to get a better understanding of all the network basics. I read only selected chapters of them, when I need additional information.Those are a lot of books and I'm sure they will keep me busy for a while 😉

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  • July 20, 2010 at 1:49 pm
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    We seem to have very simular booklists. I am doing the non Cisco books first so I will finish Internetworking with TCP/IP. Then I will do TCP/IP Illustrated if I don't think it is redundant too what I am reading now.After that I will read the Cisco books. How do you plan to study for the lab? Emulator or real equipment? Maybe we could discuss some topics from what we are reading 🙂

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  • July 21, 2010 at 11:51 pm
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    Well, I think it is still a long way to go until I'm ready for the lab exam 😉 I'm using a Dynamips/Dynagen setup with real Catalyst switches at the moment to do hands on practice. My lab setup is described briefly in a blog article: http://blog.verbosemo.de/2010/07/my-ccie-r-lab.htmlThat's my study strategy at the moment:- Read on a topic in a book- Watch Internetwork Expert's Adanced Technology Class On-Demand Vids about topic- Get hands on experience about topic with INE's Workbook 1 in my labI'm always open for discussions, because that helps a lot to get a better understanding of something 😉 Maybe I'm also going to use my blog more often from now on, but I'm not sure about that.

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