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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: sendmail, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Bryan Costales, Eric Allman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
If you use Sendmail, you should use this book.

This is a very good book to read and reference and covers a lot. Although I don't use Sendmail anymore, I still reference it when I support a server that runs it and it coveres everything a book shoudl cover about a topic. It doesn't get all generalized and go off into basic installs and configures of other software and things just to waste more trees, it does it's job and does it well. It's *the* Sendmail book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
You must readit

Any one that want to built a good web site must read this book

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Algorithms, Second Edition
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, Clifford Stein
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5

I only recommend this book to intelligent people with good math skills that actually code difficult algorithms. If you fall into this category, this is the best book to learn about algorithms I've found. If you don't fall into the above category, you will probably find the book too difficult to follow.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Potent, pure, perfect

Books on computer programming live or die on the quality of their examples. As every programmer knows, a good example is worth a thousand words. Sadly "Design Patterns" fails miserably in this regard. It suffers from a descriptive overkill that smothers the inherent simplicity of the subject the authors purport to explain. For example, a simple pattern such as "Strategy" is described is such unnecessay detail, that I began to doubt I ever understood it in the first place! For design patterns I was not already familair with, I could not follow them at all. Part of problem is the high-toned, quasi academic style the authors use, with endless citations and qualifications that do anything but explain(Grady Booch is guilty of this too). If you are having trouble with this stuff (and lets face it if Design Patterns is your text book you probably are!), then I can recommend the chapter on OOP in Bruce Eckels book "Thinking in Java" - it helped me make the conceptual leap into OOP. ...