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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Project Management JumpStart
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Kim Heldman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Beginner's Guide

Project Management Jump Start is the best introduction to project management that I've seen. Easy to follow, conversational tone, thorough coverage of project planning, and ample examples and forms that can quickly be put to good use. I wish this book was around when I was just getting started!
As an author and project management professional, if I wrote a book like this it's what I would have written. I highly recommend this to new project managers, and project managers that are trying to explain to non-PM's what it is all about.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy IX Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Unbelievably horrible and useless...

This guide tells you absolutely nothing you couldn't figure out on your own. All this thing says is "Want to know more? Go to Playonline.com!" Why not just go to Playonline.com for free? This thing is garbage. My dog is a better strategy guide than this.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good starting point for learning HTML

This book gets right to the point. It shows you the source code, the layout, and even offers some helpful tips. This book is a great value. My only complaint is that the author could have went into a little more detail as to what some of the codes meant (instead, she would just say,"type this...")
Other than that, I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn HTML, anyone relearning HTML (like me), or maybe even people who feel they're not necessarily a novice anymore. This book is just an all around great desktop reference for web publishing.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Error Control Systems for Digital Communication and Storage
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Stephen B. Wicker
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Beginners... Don't waste your money

Once you get past the (very necessary) finite field stuff you're hip deep in everything you ever wanted to know about codes - block codes, convolutional codes, binary, ternary, you name it.
I found the discussion of Reed-Solomon codes particularly good. So *that's* how they work!
Some new stuff missing (Turbo Codes), but that's always going to happen.