Can you learn TCP/IP in 24 hours?

Sams Publishing, part of Pearson Education, has just published the book Teach Yourself TCP/IP in 24 hours, 4th Edition written by Joe Casad. We'd like to set you the challenge of learning TCP/IP in 24 hours. We're looking for two readers who can review the book for us: one a complete TCP/IP novice, and the other a sysadmin with 2 or 3 years experience who would like to learn TCP/IP. We'll send the book to each of the two selected reviewers, and set them the challenge them of learning the protocols in 24 hours - and ask them to let us know how they did. We'll publish their reviews in Network World. For their efforts, the reviewers will also get to choose another book of their choice from the Pearson Education library.

Sams Publishing, part of Pearson Education, has just published the book Teach Yourself TCP/IP in 24 hours, 4th Edition written by Joe Casad. We'd like to set you the challenge of learning TCP/IP in 24 hours. We're looking for two readers who can review the book for us: one a complete TCP/IP novice, and the other a sysadmin with 2 or 3 years experience who would like to learn TCP/IP. We'll send the book to each of the two selected reviewers, and set them the challenge them of learning the protocols in 24 hours - and ask them to let us know how they did. We'll publish their reviews in Network World/Cisco Subnet. For their efforts, the reviewers will also get to choose another book of their choice from the Pearson Education library.Casad explains more about the book: "The book focuses on protocols, so it is different from the many books that focus on configuring a particular operating system or vendor technology (say, a Cisco or MCSE exam book). This book covers a more conceptual level that the configuration-based books often ignore. On the other hand, if your goal is to configure a Cisco router or set up a Microsoft network, this book wouldn't fill that role by itself. As for a reader with 2 to 3 years experience, a lot of readers who learn networking on the job or through the vendor-based curricula are missing some of this essential background information, and for them, this book could be very useful. It wouldn't be (and doesn't attempt to be) a complete guide to everything they do."How to win a chance to review the book for Network World: Send an e-mail to Linda Leung lleung@nww.com, by 5 p.m. ET, Oct. 24, 2008. In the e-mail, please include your name, your job title, your daytime telephone number and your mailing address. Also, please indicate whether you are a TCP/IP novice, or a sysadmin with 2 to 3 years experience. In the subject of the e-mail, please write "TCP/IP book review: Novice" or "TCP/IP book review: SysAdmin", whichever is appropriate. We don't have the capacity to verify readers' networking experience, so please be honest.We'll randomly choose one reader from each pool of novices and sysadmins and send them the book to review. Upon completion and receipt of the review, the readers will receive a book of their choice from the Pearson Education library.

Extras: Go here to listen to an interview with the book's author Joe Casad (3:20)

Go here for a comprehensive library of free chapters from new and classic Cisco Press books.Full competition details below:2. Network World, Inc., will begin accepting e-mail entries on the day the book review competition is described on Cisco Subnet. One entry per individual, per book.3. To enter by e-mail, participants must e-mail Linda Leung lleung@nww.com by 5 p.m. ET, Oct. 24, 2008. E-mail your name, job title, e-mail address, daytime telephone number and mailing address to Linda Leung lleung@nww.com. Also, please indicate whether you are a TCP/IP novice, or a sysadmin with 2 to 3 years experience. In the subject of the e-mail, please write "TCP/IP book review: Novice" or "TCP/IP book review: SysAdmin", whichever is appropriate. No entries will be acknowledged or returned, and all entries become the property of Network World. Network World is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, incomplete or misdirected entries. All such entries will be disqualified.4. 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