by Tom Sheldon
Updated: December, 1998
Email: [email protected]
Four Star rated by The Independent Web Review
"From the standpoint of accessibility, Sheldon's Encyclopedia allows the average IS manager to quickly grasp the fundamental reasons a given technology is in use. The technical details are packaged within the framework of an explanation of the technology." The Independent Web Review
"I just don't see how anyone can run their network without it." Terè Parnell, Executive Technology Editor, LAN Times
"The Encyclopedia of Networking gives readers easy-to-comprehend information on the most important topics in the world of local and global networks. Complex topics are covered with graphic examples. This is a valuable network information sourcebook for network administrators and other readers." Uniforum Monthly
The Encyclopedia of Networking, Electronic Edition provides you with three important types of information related to networking technologies, the Internet, and communication technologies:
An up-to-the-minute, executive-style briefing of networking terms and technologies. Each briefing is from one to ten pages in length. This is not a dictionary. Topics are treated in a true encyclopedic manner.
Links to related topics within the book. These links can help you locate obvious and not-so-obvious related terms and technologies.
Links to Web sites on the Internet where you can continue your research.
From the Introduction
Life on this planet has grown, as a whole, toward higher levels of complexity. Over billions of years, neural structures and "sensing" organs have become more and more elaborate. One could say that consciousness has grown from this (or is consciousness driving it?). Our own neural systems have developed over millions of years as we "awakened" to the world around us. Now we are very busy creating a global communications network that looks a lot to me like an extension of our neural system. It potentially links everybody on the planet, and it extends our ability to communicate and to "sense" the world. For example, you can connect to a weather station in Antarctica or view traffic conditions from cameras pointed at city intersections.
"If you look as if you were on another planet and you saw the proliferation of networks, Internet and Intranet, you would see a fantastic project that the human race has undertaken. It is like one gigantic project, and it dwarfs the building of the cathedrals and the pyramids." --Alvin Toffler
As this book was going to press, a device was released that transmits information through your body. When you touch another person, the device sends electronic information about you through your finger to the other person's device. It's an on-contact electronic calling card. In another report, scientists had wired some brain cells to microchips! What's next?
Networks and the Internet are no longer the exclusive interest of information systems managers and the technically advantaged. Web protocols have made information systems available to everyone. People tap into multimedia information and contribute their own knowledge. They participate in chat forums, exchange messages in discussion groups, post Web pages, contribute to information warehouses, use collaborative applications, and videoconference with one another. We are creating a globally accessible information warehouse.
This book helps you understand networks and global communication systems by providing succinct executive-style briefings of important network technology. Here are 1,200 pages of concise information including Web site addresses that lead you to information so you can continue your research.
This is not a dictionary, so you won't find an entry for every industry protocol, product, or technology. The publisher did not allocate enough pages! However, you'll find many terms and concepts are discussed within the text, and you can use the extensive index to help you find those discussions.
Major Topics and Topics that Reference other Topics
An encyclopedia does not provide the flow of a tutorial, which starts you off with introductory concepts and leads into more complex topics. However, you can refer to the following topics for major concepts as well as technology overviews. These topics recommend other, related topics that are important to read. Also, don't forget to refer to the "Related Entries" sections, which appear at the end of most topics throughout the book, for a list of entries that are related (and sometimes indirectly related) to the subject at hand.
Cellular Communication Systems
Component Software Technology
Data Communication Concepts
DBMS (Database Management System)
Distributed Computer Networks
Distributed Object Computing
Internet Organizations and Committees
IP over ATM
LAN (Local Area Network)
Middleware and Messaging
Network Design and Construction
Packet and Cell Switching
QoS (Quality of Service)
Standards Groups, Associations, and Organizations
VLAN (Virtual LAN)
WAN (Wide Area Network)
Web Middleware and Database Connectivity
Web Technologies and Concepts
Includes hundreds of other topics, all cross-referenced and hyperlinked to related sites on the Internet!
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