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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Database Design for Mere Mortals: A Hands-On Guide to Relational Database Design, Second Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michael J. Hernandez
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This Book Can Make You Money

Well done. Michael Hernandez takes you through data base design setp-by-step in the most logical manner possible. If you have just a basic understanding of relational database design, by using the processes in this book, you can consult and design databases.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Definitely one to consider if you're interested in Java

A *must* on any Java bookshelf

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Nonprofit Internet Strategies : Best Practices for Marketing, Communications, and Fundraising Success
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Ted Hart, James M. Greenfield, Michael Johnston
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Manager Level, Not Teckie Level

The Internet is a new form of communications that never existed before. I believe that the changes the Internet and associated technologies such as e-mail will bring to the nonprofit sector is as big as was the printing press or the computer.

It's hard to imagine an organization of any size, be for-profit or non-profit that isn't using a computer to keep track of doners, interested people, maintain the mailing list, and of course word processing and budgeting. There was a challenge that organizations had to face when computers came out, and now there is a challenge in what to do with the Internet.

This is a book intended to give managers an insight into what the Internet can do for their organization. It talks about what can be done using the Internet to give you ideas of how it might fit into your organization. In some areas like connecting your database to the web site, it doesn't get into the technical ways to do it, just the concept.

It's a good way to get started, and it's something that you're going to have to do sooner or later.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Book of Postfix: State-of-the-Art Message Transport
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Ralf Hildebrandt, Patrick Koetter
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
easier to configure than sendmail

Venema's offering of Postfix has emerged as a serious competitor to sendmail. The book describes Postfix's many capabilities and how you can alter these. Simpler than sendmail's notoriously convoluted configuration files. Here, Postfix probably has an advantage, to a sysadmin who is worried about the maintenance issues of using either package.

A lot of space in the book discusses Postfix's antispam features. Impressive. These seem to have been built up considerably in this version, compared to earlier iterations. Probably reflects spam's continuing (worsening?) presence. There is the means to verify the sender, which the book claims is Postfix's best antispam method. However, it seems to fail against a computer or user account that has been subverted by a virus, to issue spam under the user's address, which would be still valid.

Nor is there a discussion of what has emerged as the best way to use a blacklist of spammer domains. Namely against links in the body of a message. In the latest sendmail, there is an implementation of this. But in this book, as far as I can tell, while Postfix can apply tests against a message body, those are described as content tests. Though this does not necessarily preclude the blacklist test against the links, it should give explicit mention. Because, otherwise, content tests are usually tests of "bad words" or Bayesians or the like.