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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Revised Core Rulebook (Star Wars Roleplaying Game)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Authors: Bill Slavicsek, Andy Collins, J.D. Wiker, Steve Sansweet
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
REVIEW of the 2002 Revised Core Rulebook

To be honest, I was exceptional sceptic about this... Oh goody, an other d20 product. My dislike for the d20 is grounded on the fact, that you need something like a nuclear fission bomb to kill a 20 lvl fighter, among other things and the old West End Games) Star Wars was really deadly. Well, no doubt about it... this one has the same appeal. Suddenly, the guy with a holdout blaster can get you into real trouble and that makes gaming so much more interesting. As the Star Wars Universe expanded after Episode VI was done and gone, so did the Star Wars RPG after WotC baught the rights and relaunched it. The modular system allows for a story-driven appoach to character development without complication and balancing the game is not hard since Jedis are only Twi`Leks, too (or Whookies, Trandoshans, Humans, whatever) and not some overpowered fighting machines. The layout is great, full colour through and through, which is a rare thing in RPG books, and the rules are easy comprehendable. Furthermore, this is the book you need. That`s it. Oh, sure there are other great books about the Star Wars RPG out there, but to PLAY you only need this. Therefore, a great buy for a Star Was Fan and people who like to become one.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
One of the few books that lives up to its title

A truly outstanding reference for professional Web developers. The only JavaScript reference book I consistently turn to when I have a problem. The fact that I carry this with me wherever I go, despite its weight, offers a testament to its value in my work.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Excel 2000 Formulas
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John Walkenbach
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Excel book you can ever buy.

I would personally rate this book as 5+ stars. The author gets right to the point in each chapter, the examples are easy and you also get real world applications. I would personally recomend it to anyone who is interested in going beyond the basic and most popular functions that Excel offers. The part that I enjoyed the most, and have gotten more use from, was Part V, dedicated to developing custom worksheet functions. What else can I say? It's a great book, one that will definitely not be lost high in a bookcase or stored away. This is the type of book you will always want to have near your desktop.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing with Web Standards
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jeffrey Zeldman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Web Standards: Is This Anyway To Run An Airline?

Should have been the title of this book...Or "Web Standards - What we have here is a failure to communicate"
Jeffery Zeldman can communicate and he gets to the heart of the matter with clarity. Vendors have mangled Web standards...Jeffery is pissed off and is not taking it anymore (from vendor versions) and has done something about it, and makes a compelling case that you should do something about it to... code to embrace the future, not the present.
After reading Zeldman, commonsense tells you it doesn't make sense to blindly keep coding down the path you have been. He does more than explain how these technologies work, but the history and confusion behind the developments that brought us to this point.
You can't help but think differently after reading the first 10 pages... or at least by page 38 under the subject heading "The Road to Stupidsville"where after explaining how Web standards got so messed up asks the question "...Is this anyway to run an airline?"
Zeldman's entertaining writing style may border on chatty for some, but his desire to communicate with clarity outshines his style. And it's always sincere and down to earth.
Zeldman doesn't claim to have all the answers, but he asks the right questions to challenge, educate, entertain and transform your thinking about building web sites.And transform your thinking he does.
This book definitely brings something sorely needed in Web development... Perspective.