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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Java 2 Platform: How to Program (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Harvey M. Deitel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
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Book Review:Java How to Program, 4th ed. Advanced Java™ 2 Platform How to Program Deitel & Deitel
I finished three java programming courses at SantaMonica College two of which required the Java How toProgram, 4th ed., the other was a java w/datastructures course and I used the Java How to Program,4th ed. and the instructors lecture notes. I boughtthe advanced book to learn more about java and thenet, java 2d, 3d and j2me since I am into pc andonline video games development, and data baseconnections with jdbc since I know sql. Designpatterns and enterprise java case study giveindustrial strength business applications.
The authors packed and packed java into these books.The books are easy to follow, and everything works. Ifound the exercises challenging but not overwelming. Ihave not ran across an exercise I cannot do, althoughsome require in depth study of the topics covered. Andwhen if all comes together it's fun. The chapters
build on each other very well, and the materials movesfast and stays interesting.
The cd's have everything I need to get started: whatto install, how to install it, how to set theenvironment. The forte community edition is packedwith java building and debugging tools that make javaprogramming faster and easier to follow. Try theReformat Code tool, and check out the text coloring.
I cannot say enough about these authors and theirmaterials. Anybody getting into java programming willbe more than satisfied for a long time.
Thank you Deitel & Associates

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PostfixThe Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Kyle D. Dent
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Only Serious Contender to Sendmail

Over 20 years ago, Eric Allman wrote sendmail to handle the then tricky problems of email on BSD and SystemV unix machines. Since then, email has become all pervasive to educated persons. En route, sendmail also grew vastly in complexity to handle this. So much so that just manipulating its configuration files became convoluted. Worse yet was the actual debugging of its source code.
Despite all this, sendmail is still the most powerful Message Transfer Agent on unix/linux. But Venema recently tried a totally different approach. From the onset, he used a modular design and a set of 5 queues in which to process messages. In essence, we have a finite state machine, where the state of a message is the queue that it is in. Dent here shows how Postfix is fundamentally a queue management system. Analogous to how any operating system is basically a file management system.
The hope is that Postfix will be easier to maintain and debug. Certainly, from a sysadmin's viewpoint, the configuration files seem simpler than sendmail's. But perhaps this is partly because Postfix does not yet have the full capability of sendmail?
As a sign of the times we live in, Dent devotes 2 chapters to antispam measures possible in Postfix. This is equivalent functionality to sendmail's Milter API. Likewise, the current Postfix antispam implementations are no more effective than Milter's. Which leaves room for you to try your hand at improving this state of affairs!
As Dent describes, Postfix is now open source and easily available. Still not as widely installed as sendmail. But you now have a credible alternative to it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Citrix MetaFrame For Windows Server 2003: The Official Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Steve Kaplan, Tim Reeser, Alan Wood, Franny Kelly
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
MetaFrame Access Suite for Windows Server 2003

Seven expert technical reviewers from VectorESP, ECC, Osborne, and Citrix reviewed the Chapter 12 content, and we are very confident in its technical accuracy and the separation between the UNIX and Windows content. On the Datastor options, we discussed all available options (including Oracle, MSDE, and DB2) on page 359, but we chose to provide a step-by-step guide only for SQL, since Citrix claims that over 80% of the datastores in the field today are on SQL. The advantage of picking only one of the choices for a step-by-step in-depth discussion was that this allowed readers a true in-depth look, rather than just a brush by look that could have been provided if we tried to cover all the choices. Additionally, we discussed the datastor design options in depth in the design chapters of the book, which outline a very rigorous and strict approach to all aspects of the solution.As future reviews will attest to, we are very confident that this book is unique and much more in depth than the other guides when it comes to networking, security, and disaster recovery aspects of Server-Based Computing.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Practical Unix & Internet Security, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Simson Garfinkel, Gene Spafford, Alan Schwartz
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5

Had this book cost me $5, I would've been perfectly happy with it, but for over $30... These people have written a lot, but said little. They did mention a few things to watch out for, but this could've been fit in under 50 pages. The rest is reiteration of trivial. Some topics, like cryptography, were a bait, but haven't been covered in depth. And, boy, about a third of the book talks about stuff from intro UNIX texts. I tend to think that people concerned with UNIX security know how to move between directories. Also worth knowing that Garfinkel co-authored so called "UNIX haters notebook". His prejudice shows.