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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Linux Programming (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Richard Stones, Neil Matthew, Alan Cox
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Nice One Guys!


What can I say this book is good.
Even if you are a novice C or C++ programmer, or just looking for more in depth information on GNU/Linux or Unix systems you would be hard pressed to go past this book.
The book covers a myriad of topics from bash shell script programming to X and GTK topics, HTML and CGI scripts!
It does it in an easy to read style, with good examples that will let you find out whats going on and then allow you to work them into your own programs and code with minimum fuss.
There is even, in chapter 21, an introduction into kernel module development and device drivers for GNU/Linux that goes a long way towards de-mystiying this (to me) mysterious topic.
In all of the topics there is an explantion of common pitfalls that occur, and even better good sensible ways of avoiding them or overcoming them.
Do yourself a favour if you are just beginning C or C++ programming in the GNU/Linux or Unix enviroments get this book, it will make your life much much easier!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learn FileMaker Pro 7 (Wordware Library for FileMaker)
Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
Authors: Jonathan Stars, Nonie Bernard, Janice Child
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Get Started On the Right Foot With Filemaker 7


This is like reading an instruction diagram when openning a "new" product. I found it extremely refreshing. I'm sure it will save me hundred of hour of developement. It also pointed out the "traps" I likely would have fallen into. Excellant review of all of Filemaker. Easy and quick reading for those already familair with Filemaker. Thank you.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows NT Shell Scripting
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Timothy Hill
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Computer Book I Have Ever Owned!


I thought that I was very knowledgeable about Windows scripts but after reading this book I found out how much more I needed to know. I needed a jump start on the changes and new features and this book was that and more. I especially liked the examples and work arounds, but the reference part alone was worth the cost of the book. I would recommend this book at twice the price.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy X-2 Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Hmmm.....


This guide is pretty helpful, for the most part. The pictures are pretty nice and I like the extended coverage for the abilities of the dresspheres and Garment Grids. I'm in Chapter Four right now, and I have 70% completion. If I didn't have this guide, I would have about 50% completion. I'm trying right now to get at least 90% completion so when I press X at Farplane Glen, I can get the Happy Ending.
As usual, there is the usual typos and misleading info. For example, at the scene when Yuna accidentally drops into the Farplane from Djose Temple, it says "When Yuna says, 'I'm all alone, press X to hear a familiar whistle." I forgot to press X and Tidus just whistled to me automatically. The guide says to press X four times for it to end, and I did-but no whistle. Also, on finding the Nine Gatekeepers, the third cacutar is in a chest in Ormi's room. But the first cacutar chart in Chapter 3 says the third cacutar is in the chamber where you fought the Leblanc Syndicate. Hmm......
I've memorized most of the strategy guide so I don't go page flipping often. But still, don't burn this book. It is worth the twenty dollars. :-)