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Mastering Internet Messaging Systems with O'Reilly's Latest Release -- Programming Internet Email

Press release: September 2, 1999

SEBASTOPOL, CA -- The Internet's "killer app" is not the World Wide Web or Push technologies: it is humble electronic mail. More people use email than any other Internet application. As the number of email users swells, and as email takes on an ever greater role in personal and business communication, Internet mail protocols have become not just an enabling technology for messaging, but a programming interface on top of which core applications are built. O'Reilly & Associates' newest release, Programming Internet Email by David Wood unmasks the Internet MailSystem and shows how a loose federation of connected networks have combined to form the world's largest and most heavily trafficked message system.

Programming Internet Email tames the Internet's most popular messaging service. For programmers building applications on top of email capabilities, and power users trying to get under the hood of their own email systems, Programming Internet Email stands out as an essential guide and reference book. In typical O'Reilly fashion, Programming Internet Email covers the topic with nineteen tightly written chapters and five useful appendixes.

"I wrote Programming Internet Email because I needed it," explained Wood. "No other book brought the relevant standards together in one place. Before this book, one had to plow through the Internet RFCs, an academic exercise at best and impossible at worst. I wanted to bring together all the relevant Internet standards regarding e-mail in one volume. This book also addresses upcoming e-mail standards, such as encrypted e-mail, electronic business cards and remote configuration protocols."

"Other applications may be sexier, but e-mail is the one that lets us communicate with each other most effectively," said Wood. "This book explains the Internet mail system. The Internet mail system is the one that ties together every other e-mail system that exists today. It is the great gatekeeper."

Chapter 12, The Application Configuration Access Protocol, is available free online at:

For more information about the book, including Table of Contents, index, author bio, and samples, see:

Programming Internet Email
By David Wood
1st Edition August 1999 (US)
1-56592-479-7, 378 pages, $34.95 (US$)

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