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Desktop encyclopedia of the Internet
Muller, Nathan J.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Artech House, [1999]

Physical Description:
xvi, 559 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
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TK5105.5 .M85696 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Providing insight into the operation and application of various Internet technologies, this text explains the technical terms in context and details the appropriate standards. It features over 200 alphabetically arranged topics, short articles, cross-references and illustrations.

Author Notes

Nathan J. Muller holds an M.A. in Social and Organizational behavior from George Washington University.

Muller is a managing partner and consultant at the Ascent Solutions Group, LLC in Sterling, VA. He is also the author of IP Convergence: The Next Revolution in Telecommunications, Wireless Data Networking, and Intelligent Hubs (Artech House, 2000, 1999, 1995, 1994). He has 27 years of industry experience. He is the author of 15 books, including Desktop Encyclopedia of the Internet (Artech House, 1998) and over 1,500 published articles. He serves on the editorial board for the International Journal of Network Management.


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Choice Review

From "Acceptable use policy" to "X.25 packet-switched network," all the entries in this encyclopedia (there are more than 200) were written by Muller, an independent technology consultant and author of many books and articles about networking, management, and the Internet. Each entry consists of a definition, a description of the concept's history and development, its place in the present-day Internet, and a list of cross-references. Entries vary in length from one to seven pages, most being three to four. A glossary of acronyms ends the work. The book would have been improved by an index of terms that are not themselves headwords and by the inclusion of URLs for prominent organizations and sites discussed; the URL for World Wide Web Consortium (W3) , for instance, would be a useful addition to its entry. Although the language is reasonably jargon-free and can be understood by regular Internet users as well as those who do systems work, casual users will be better served by Bryan Pfaffenberger's The Internet in Plain English (2nd ed., 1996). The focus on technology and business uses of the Internet makes Muller's work most suitable for collections supporting computer science, programming, telecommunications, and management. S. Clerc; Southern Connecticut State University