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Best place to learn TCP/IP and SMTP

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I have hopefully a job coming down the line, and in addition to my graphics background they need someone proficient in TCP/IP, i told them my experience in that area is limited, but they said they would provide me with books to learn etc... so I am wondering you all who have a grip on this stuff, what the best book (and or website) is for learning TCP/IP and SMTP and some other popular protocols? I am looking for a book that is good at explaining in detail these and perhaps other protocls (mostly TCP/IP i suspect) and the book has to be platform independent...or as much as possible. Any suggestions would be great, Thank you! -Shane Thomas

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Find the RFCs for those protocols.

RFCs are basically the "everything you ever wanted to know about *computer protocol* but were afraid to ask"

Do a google search for "RFC 793" and "RFC 821".

I'm not 100% certain that those are the main RFCs...

If you don't need to be THAT proficient, and just need to know how to use the protocols in code without understanding "behind the scenes", look up "internet sockets".

[edited by - Nypyren on January 18, 2003 9:48:07 PM]

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"SAMS Teach yourself tcp/ip in 24 hours" is remarkably detailed and clear for such a short book.


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