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February 24, 2009

Internet Routing Architectures

Well...there goes another 500+ pages... Just finished reading Internet Routing Architectures by Halabi. This book is mentioned over and over in all the other books. It's a well-known definitive guide ... to BGP. The title is kind of misleading - although it does cover other Routing protocols, it really is "the" BGP book. Now that I've read it, all I can see is the Matrix scene where Neo looks at Morpheus and says "I know BGP" to which Morpheus replies "Show me"... Well, it was kind of like that.

So now that I think I know BGP, I'm moving on to the next book - BGP Design and Implementation. Then I really will know BGP. Well, at least I hope to know enough of it for now. I don't really think I'm going to really know BGP until I start configuring it on the racks for the lab exam. And then I won't really really know BGP unless I'm in a position where I'm setting it up over and over and troubleshooting it. But, one step at a time.

It's getting kind of exciting to see my reading grow. Even though I'm keeping up with it with the stats, it's really hitting home when I look at my bookshelf. I put the 2.5 ft of recommeded reading books all on the same shelf. The I put the first book I read all the way to the right. As I read each book, I put it back to the right. In order to have room for the next 'finished' book, I have to pull out the next one I'm going to read. That keeps me reading. The 'marked' book moving to the left with each read book is a visual affirmation of my accomplishment. It helps. I just thought it would be something to do, but it has really served as a motivator to complete the book, record the pages and put the book back on the shelf.

Well, it's time for some sleep. And with the brand new day is a fresh book to read. Gotta love it.

Posted by BlueWolf on February 24, 2009 11:59 PM