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Introductory book to the internet...

I'm trying to learn about how the internet works.  Should be intorductory as I'm just a dumb old programmer.

Intermediate and advanced suggestions would be welcome also, just let me know their level.

Thanks...
Donald Adams
Monday, October 15, 2007
 
 
You're going to need to clarify what precisely you want there.

Do you want to learn...
# How to use Google and send emails?
# How to develop websites (potentially including fancy dynamic ones like forums, blogs, etc)?
# What happens on the involved computers between when the user types an address into the address bar and when they seen the web page?
# The mechanics of the underlying protocols, such as TCP/IP or DNS?
Jivlain Send private email
Monday, October 15, 2007
 
 
Try:
http://computer.howstuffworks.com/internet-channel.htm
http://www.wikipedia.org/

But as said already the question is too far reaching.
Neville Franks Send private email
Monday, October 15, 2007
 
 
Here's the secret: It's really a series of tubes.
:-)


Like said above, you need to be more precise, as it's a big subject.  Also, do you tend to learn better from the "bottom up" or from the "top down"?
xampl Send private email
Monday, October 15, 2007
 
 
Aspiring College Developer
Monday, October 15, 2007
 
 
Arethuza
Monday, October 15, 2007
 
 
Thanks to all...sorry for the poorly worded question.  I guess I didn't know what to ask.

Arethuza:

That's just what I was looking for.
Donald Adams
Monday, October 15, 2007
 
 
Although Stevens & Wright/Stevens "TCP/IP Illustrated" series are typically considered the authoritative TCP/IP books, I find Comer's "Internetworking with TCP/IP" series to be MUCH easier to understand.  Not that "TCP/IP Illustrated" is poorly written or even difficult to understand; but Comer's explanations are that much easier to understand.

I own & used volumes from both series as references in development of µC/TCP-IP [http://www.micrium.com/products/tcp-ip/tcp-ip.html ].  But initially, it was Comer's "Internetworking with TCP/IP" series, especially Vol 1, that prodived an excellent introduction to TCP/IP.


  Comer, "Internetworking with TCP/IP, Vol 1, Principles, Protocols, and Architecture"
  http://tinyurl.com/fx3un

  Stevens, "TCP/IP Illustrated, Vol 1, The Protocols"
  http://tinyurl.com/jxqxq
Ian Johns
Monday, October 15, 2007
 
 
Tim Patterson Send private email
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
 
 
If your going to be programming for the internet knowing what HTTP 1.1 allows is crucial.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0672324547/ref%3Dnosim/chrisshiflett-20
Jeff Send private email
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
 
 
Kurose & Ross: Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet.

Covers the basics in many subjects, but doesn't get too deep.
Mikko Maunu Send private email
Thursday, October 18, 2007
 
 

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