John Vacca, Paul Murphy, Pete Loshin
The fourth edition of this best-selling title gives a complete overview of the electronic commerce environment. It has been revised and completely updated to reflect the most recent trends in e-commerce, including new material on security technologies, server options, enterprise applications, and investing online. Covering everything from fundamental security issues to future trends, this comprehensive guide provides a thorough knowledge of electronic commerce and the tools needed to conduct business on the Internet.
Key Features: * Includes new material on mobile electronic commerce, security technologies, server options, enterprise applications, investing online, smart cards, EDI, intellectual property issues, and supply chain management * Discusses security protocols, e.g., SSL, Java solutions and digital signatures * Provides a thorough discussion of various Internet security issues, e.g., SSL, S-HTTP, Java security, WAP, routers, firewalls, and public key encryption. * Vignettes, sidebars, and case studies apply theory to practical examples
Includes a comprehensive glossary, EDI transaction codes, and e-commerce online resources
About the Author
Pete Loshin (Boston, MA) writes and consults about networking and the Internet. John Vacca (Pomeroy, OH) is the author of twenty books on computer-related topics. He has served as a computer security official with NASA.
This book is just too outdated to be of any practical use, but that's not the point of this review.
The funny thing i want to point out is about all the other reviewers who gave this book a 5-star rating.
Of course, i believe a few of them really think this is a good title; but the majority of them are just fake users to push the rating up. You think im kidding? just click on the "see all reviews from this reviewer" button for each of those reviewers, and you'll see that for most of them, his/her ratings for all books are 5-star. I can hardly believe this fact. The only reasonably conclusion is that these are fake readers created by some charlatans to boost the ratings of some select titles.
Not worth the purchase price - that's for sure...
The e-commerce industry is a fast moving industry and this book just doesn't seem to be able to keep up.
While reading this book, I kept thinking to myself - "wow, that is really old..." the authors kept discussing old strategies... and old technologies... I guess Microsoft's .NET technologies (ADO.NET, ASP.NET, Commerce Server, BizTalk Server, etc.) were just too new to be included print. I think not, .NET was first introduced in early 2000 this is a 2004 copyrighted book.
To continue that thought, this book is definitely slanted away from any Microsoft technologies comments like "Unfortunately, the fate of ODBC is completely under the control of Microsoft" (P.189) is mis-guided and ill informed statement.
Chapter two - Types of e-Commerce Technology, reads like a datasheet/white paper for IBM white paper for IBM.
This book also misses the mark in providing a framework for setting up a complete e-commerce and/or e-business system. You get bits and pieces, but there is no coordinating highlevel framework or strategy to use.
I am not saying there is no value to the book... For me, the bottom line is the age of the content - if a good amount of the content is too old, is it worth the money?
I don't think so...
As always, a thorough account
As usual, John has selected a topic that is of utmost importance to the majority of people and has portrayed a detailed account of E-Commerce.Keep it up, John!
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