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Interesting sites, web servers, web clients, techniques, programming for the web.

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The Netscape browser, in common with most others, is able to handle data and present certain data types. These include HTML, text, and a limited number of graphics formats. In order to present animation, video, and so forth, Netscape uses the concept of a browser "plug-in". A plug-in is an application which can work both with Netscape and the data type to be dealt with. When the browser encounters a specialized data format, it calls the user's copy of the plug-in and passes over the data, which the plug-in presents to the user in the appropriate manner. Young's book is a guide to the Netscape Plug-in API (Application Programming Interface) which programmers can use to develop their own plug-in programs for use with Netscape. The tu... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Well-researched and well-prepared, this is a cornucopia of information for those who don't already waste enough time on the computer networks. Starting with a solid introductory set of questions and answers, the listings are divided into the broad topics of shoot-'em-up, role-playing and adventure, strategy and classics, puzzles and trivia, video games, and MUDS. Within each section there are further divisions; the strategy and classics part has listings for chess, card games, war-gaming, and so forth. The individual listings may describe Usenet newsgroups, specific downloadable game programs, tip files, specific online and interactive games, and other resources. Internet users should note that "net" is used in a generic sense. A la... Rest of this review on the detail page
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The description of this book as "the TV Guide to Cyberspace" is fairly apt. As a kind of concise "yellow pages" to online services, it has a good format for introductory searching in a given topic. The "Frequently Asked Questions" introduction lays out a useful style for providing basic access information. The FAQ chapter goes into greatest detail on the Internet applications: the outlines, though roughly a two-page maximum, nevertheless usually provide enough direction without going into technicalities. The content is not as complete as the two yellow page guides (cf. BKNRYLPG.RVW and BKINTYLP.RVW), although it also includes material from commercial services, BBS networks and individual BBSes. One use for the book would be in dete... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Doing Internet training, you will find lots of books (and people) that tell you to promote the Internet to the audience because you can use the net to find out everything you want to know about volcanoes. Trouble is, most people don't want to know all that much about volcanoes (or any other single topic). ("So what about this book?" Patience, patience.) As a card-carrying (RAVC, mostly) member of the computer antivirus research community, I, like my colleagues, see endless postings with queries along the lines of, "So, can you tell me everything about computer viruses?" These questions, for some unfathomable reason, seem to show up in great flurries around October or February. ("The book?" Yes, yes, I'm coming to that.) Let me say ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Michael Shapiro wrote this book for "people who always wanted to turn the travel agent's computer screen around." He accomplished more--he created a resource for those who'd also like to grab a big piece of a good travel agent's expertise. Beyond showing how to book your own travel reservations, Shapiro demonstrates how to get the best deals and how to find the information that will lead you to either painless business travel or to your dream vacation. He even explains how to use the Net as you travel to get the most from wherever you are.
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