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Reviewed by Major Keary
Published in 2007 Network Warrior is still an outstanding network administration reference and guide. The book carries the sub-title, Everything you need to know that wasn't on the CCNA Exam; but that does not mean it is yet another certification text. The "goal in writing Network Warrior is to explain complex ideas in an easy-to-understand manner". It certainly achieves that—it is a remarkable example of technical communication, both in respect of clarity of language and the supporting illustrations. Example code is also used to good effect without drowning the narrative.
Readers are assumed to have a knowledge of networking and to be involved in network management or design. Networking involves complex technologies, which are discussed in clear language and in a depth not found elsewhere. A feature that deserve special mention is practical advice based on the author's long experience. For example, "when routing cables to modules, remember you may have need to remove the module in the future … remember to leave enough slack in the cables so that each module's cables can be moved out of the way to slide the module out".
Another sign of the thoroughness that sets this text apart is the definitions of terms, such contained in the chapter Telecom Nomenclature.
Highly recommended. An essential library acquisition.
Gary Donahue: Network Warrior
Published by O'Reilly, 576 pp., RRP AU$ 95.00
The Australian distributor is Woodslane <www.woodslane.com.au>