Programming Internet Email

Author: David Wood
Publisher: O'Reilly, 1999
Pages: 378
ISBN: 978-1565924796
Aimed at: Those needing to tackle Internet standards relating to email
Rating: 4.5
Pros: Good coverage of POP3, SMTP and others
Cons: Ignores the Windows platform's peculiarities
Reviewed by: Ian Elliot

If you want to know the basics about POP3 or SMTP then this book will help but it also goes into ESMTP and IMAP as well as MIME and Mailcap,

Author: David Wood
Publisher: O'Reilly, 1999
Pages: 378
ISBN: 978-1565924796
Aimed at: Those needing to tackle Internet standards relating to email
Rating: 4.5
Pros: Good coverage of POP3, SMTP and others
Cons: Programming examples fairly advanced; ignores the Windows platform's peculiarities
Reviewed by: Ian Elliot

Despite the fact that this book was published a decade ago it covers many of the email protocols that have been troubling me over the past few months plus a few extras. If you want to know the basics about POP3 or SMTP then this book will help but it also goes into ESMTP and IMAP as well as MIME. It also introduced me to Mailcap, a system for keeping MIME types under control, which Windows doesn’t implement.

There are programming examples, in Perl and Java, and a chapter near the end deals with Spam. The programming examples are fairly advanced and include a replacement for /bin/mail in Perl and a Java monitor for POP3 mail boxes.

The only problem with this book is that it more or less ignores the Windows platform’s peculiarities. For example, Windows doesn’t use mail or biff, which are mentioned. This would be fine if these were the only differences and the peculiarities were small but they are not! As a result you get a picture of a world as it should be rather than how it actually is. Microsoft still implements Internet protocols in its own particular way. It usually justifies this on the grounds that it improves on them but in practice it just makes the protocols Microsoft specific. There is still room for another book on this subject just devoted to email under Win32. Until someone gets round to writing it, this particular volume will at least help make clear the Internet standards relating to email.

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Java Programming Interviews Exposed

Author: Noel Markham
Publisher: Wrox
Pages: 200
ISBN: 978-1118722862
Audience: Intermediate Java Programmers
Rating: 3
Reviewer: Alex Armstrong

A book to prepare you for the torture of a job interview seems like a good idea. But is it possible?



Cassandra: The Definitive Guide

Author: Eben Hewitt
Publisher:O'Reilly, 2010
Pages: 336
ISBN: 978-1449390419
Aimed at: Database programmers
Rating: 3.5
Pros: Good discussion of wider database theory
Cons: Tends to be repetitive and forward referencing, not practical enough
Reviewed by: Alex Armstrong

This is a really interesting book -  [ ... ]


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