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TCP? UDP? BOOTP? PPP? ARP? RARP? ICMP? SLIP? FTP?
TFTP? TELNET? NFS? SNMP? PPPoE? NAT? DHCP?


WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?!

For some developers, heavy with networking experience, the above acronyms are well-understood terms. For others they have as much meaning as alphabet soup.

If you are in the soup, the following references will prove helpful:

  1. TCP/IP for Everyone by Pete Loshin published by Academic Press, 1995.
    This well-written book provides an introduction to concepts and terminology. It is written more for a user than for a programmer, but it is still helpful.
  2. TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1 by W. Richard Stevens, published by Addison Wesley.
  3. Internetworking with TCP/IP Volume I, II, and III by Douglas E. Comer and David L. Stevens, published by Prentice Hall. The Comer Trilogy is considered by many to be the definitive work on TCP/IP:

    Volume I: Principles, Protocols, and Architecture. This is the must-have volume.
    Volume II: Design, Implementation, and Internals.
    Volume III: Client/Server Programming and Applications.


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