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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy VIII Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best guide yet!


This is definetely the BEST guide i've ever used.And I've used alot of them.This guide tells you everythng!It ever tells you that you have to have a PocketStation to get a couple of the items.I seriously recommened this guide to anyone!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good but lacks details


I'm glad I bought this book but I think it lacks in details. Visual examples are very useful but I would like more details on various graphics design principles. But it's excellent for novices.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Kernel Development (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Novell Press
Authors: Robert Love
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent entry to the kernel


It is a compact book and easy to read. Although it does not go deep into many parts of the kernel, it kind of makes you feel good that you can grasp the fundamentals in a short time. The chapters are kept rather short, such that you can go through a few in several hours. Contrasting it with The Design and Impl. of FreeBSD, the FreeBSD book provides more depth into how the general Unix concepts (e.g. explaining how sessions work in FreeBSD etc.) are implemented in the kernel. In summary, I would definitely finish reading this book, get the big picture, and then try to specialise on a particular kernel subsystem.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications Third Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Superb


This third edition reflects the changes in the world of writing manuals, not just for print but also online (the web, online help, etc). While it's been a few years since the previous edition, Microsoft has made up for that by changing the book's format and including three "ebooks" on the CD (the style guide itself, Microsoft Computer Dictionary, and the Microsoft Networking Dictionary) that comes with the book.
The previous edition had all subjects alphabetized, which has changed somewhat in this edition has changed that. The book's first part is devoted to alphabetized subjects (called the Usage Dictionary). However the book's first part is devoted to other writing topics, ones which the book's authors obviously felt deserved their own major sections. Subjects like "documenting the user interface," format and layout, global content, indexing, common style issues, grammar, and punctuation. All topics in the book's first part are discussed throughly. And topics not discussed in the first part are addressed alphabetically in Part 2 of the book titled the "Usage Dictionary." The book's Table of Contents lists each item in the Usage Dictionary for easy referral.
I also liked how the authors recognized the changing world of documentation in the introduction where they point out how people using computers can be anyone from "home users," who use their computer for simple tasks, all the way to software developers, who produce programs for computers.
While this is intended for writers documenting Windows software, it serves well on its own as an excellent style guide.