Business Data Communications

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Prentice Hall, 2009 - Computers - 608 pages

Business Data Communications, 6/e, is ideal for use in Business Data Communications, Data Communications, and introductory Networking for Business courses.

Business Data Communications, 6/e,covers the fundamentals of data communications, networking, distributed applications, and network management and security. Stallings presents these concepts in a way that relates specifically to the business environment and the concerns of business management and staff, structuring his text around requirements, ingredients, and applications. While making liberal use of real-world case studies and charts and graphs to provide a business perspective, the book also provides the student with a solid grasp of the technical foundation of business data communications. Throughout the text, references to the interactive, online animations supply a powerful tool in understanding complex protocol mechanisms.

The Sixth Edition maintains Stallings' superlative support for either a research projects or modeling projects component in the course. The diverse set of projects and student exercises enables the instructor to use the book as a component in a rich and varied learning experience and to tailor a course plan to meet the specific needs of the instructor and students.

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One of the WORST books I have ever had to use during an MIS class. Much of our test consisted of subjects that were painful to even try to find in the book. For example, if I had a question about what is not part of the frame relay frame format, good luck on trying to find the format without an hour of digging. Many of the keywords are not in the appendix or glossary. This book is way too technical and lacks the underlying educational support needed to be a good IT book. Needs way more explanation. It's very to the point, no real explanations. I absolutely hate this book... 

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This book is awful even the instructor of my class hates it but has to use it.


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About the author (2009)

Dr. William Stallings has authored 17 titles, and counting revised editions, over 41 books on computer security, computer networking, and computer architecture. In over 20 years in the field, he has been a technical contributor, technical manager, and an executive with several high-technology firms. Currently he is an independent consultant whose clients have included computer and networking manufacturers and customers, software development firms, and leading-edge government research institutions. He has received the award for the Best Computer Science textbook of the year from the Text and Academic Authors Association 10 times - most recently in 2008 for his text, Computer Security: Principles and Practice.

Dr. Stallings is a member of the editorial board of Cryptologia, a scholarly journal devoted to all aspects of cryptology. He is a frequent lecturer and author of numerous technical papers. Dr. Stallings created and maintains the Computer Science Student Resource Site, which provides documents and links on subjects of interest to computer science students and professionals. He holds a PhD from M.I.T. in Computer Science and a B.S. from Notre Dame in electrical engineering.

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