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European Unix Platform (EUP): Book Review: Practical Internet Groupware...

Aug 05, 2000, 18:43 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Walter Belgers)

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"This book gives you a real-life example of how you can make groupware work in your environment. John Udell has been working with BYTE Magazine as executive editor for new media, and in the book he explains how he has made groupware work for him and BYTE Magazine. The foreword is written by Tim O'Reilly, the president of O'Reilly. Tim writes that every once in a while, a book comes along that makes you wake up and say "Wow!", and that this book is such a book."

"Do I agree? Yes and no. ... Let's start by saying that I think everybody should read part 1 of this book, and especially managers and people new to Internet protocols such as mail and news. Using nice real-life examples, John describes how mail and news work, how they interrelate, and when to use which. In what I have seen in companies, news is almost never used extensively. Part 1 of this book might make you change your mind."

"Overall, I would say it is a good book. Part 1 is almost mandatory for every Internet user to read, and thus meets the 'Wow!' criterium. Parts 2 to 4 are very useful for people starting building groupware. It is clear to see that all examples in the book come from real-life situations and are not academic examples. The writer also tells you what problems he has come across and how they were solved. However, if you are not planning on implementing groupware yourself, parts 2 to 4 will be tough reading and not 'Wow!'."

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