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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you could only have one HTML book, this is it!!

This is the "must have" book for anyone who is even considering creating a web site. This book is not associated with any particular software but will come in handy no matter what software you use. Even those who use WYSIWYG HTML editors such as FrontPage will find this book to be a great reference.
With this book and Windows Notepad you would have everything you need to create any HTML page. It is the only reference book in our office library that is raggedy and dog earred.
The only negative thing that can be said about this book is that if you are over 40 you'll need to pick up a nice fat magnifying glass when you order the book. The print is very small.
Elizabeth Castro rules the Web!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SpamAssassin
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Alan Schwartz
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
skip the book

Had high hopes when I got this book. Sadly letdown. The book gives a tired old treatment of using a black list to check against the header of a mail message. Now not all spammers forge the header. But many do, as known for years. And they don't just forge the From line. They can also forge the Received lines.

When the author wrote the previous review, he mentioned the Received header lines. But, in general, for an ISP, the only valid header info is what the ISP itself writes. Received lines not written by the ISP can also be forged.

So using a black list on a header can easily be defeated by a spammer. And is being done so by many of them.

But Schwartz goes on to say that SA can now apply the black list against the body links. GREAT! Awesome. This is the key difference between 3.0 and the earlier stuff. Yet, when I went thru the book, I did not see any mention of this. Okay, perhaps I missed it. But if the book actually talks about it, it is in a very obscure fashion.

The new ability in 3.0 is seminal. Because while a spammer can forge headers, if he wants users to click through to his site, he has to write a valid address for himself. When AOL implemented this idea [not using SA] earlier this year, they said it led to the first documented decrease in spam they'd seen.

I repeat- if the book didn't mention the new 3.0 ability, it is grossly deficient. If it did mention it, but scantily, ditto. It certainly deserves at least as much space as was given to Mr Bayes.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle E-Business Suite Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Bastin Gerald, Nigel King, Dan Natchek
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent, first book of its kind

Eversince I entered the field of Oracle Application implementation and consulting about 10 years ago, I have been in search of essays/book in manufacturing arena that would provide comphrensive and precise explanation of the theories, configurations and practices. I couldn't find anything except vastly confusing, uncomprehendable Oracle manufacturing manuals until my prayers were answered by three authors who have written an eloquent, clear, readable, precise and a fantastic book which has covered every aspect in manufacturing and supply chain any Oracle apps guy would like to know about.
This book in all its pristine glory talks about the theory, setups, practices behind the Oracle manufacturing and supply chain functions. Excellent illustrations and examples adds another feather to the crown. Major topics covered include Design and Manufacturing engineering, supply chain planning and execution and business intelligence. Last but not least, the case study reemphasises some of the core facts explained earlier.
Hats off to the three authors who have taken the albatross that is Oracle manufacturing, and with sheer sensible work, somehow got the beast into the air.
I would, without a semblance of doubt, recommend this book to all those who would like to learn or know more about Oracle Manufacturing and Supply chain.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: David Pogue
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good for all

Even if you aren't switching, this book provides accurate information on Mac OS X and the technical help for transferring documents to a Windows computer. David Pogue, my favorite mac writer, known for his vivid style, won't let you down. Highly recommended.