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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: UML 2 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Michael Jesse Chonoles, James A. Schardt
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
UML for Dummies?

"UML 2 for Dummies" is an excellent source for both students and users of UML. I was looking for a good tutorial on how UML 2 might affect systems engineering documents and found it here. Having completed the book, the reader should expect to be able to recognize and understand UML 2 diagrams and to comprehend the role of the various diagram types in the engineering process. The reader will also be able to prepare UML 2 diagrams to implement his own designs using the book as a reference. If your project is moving toward UML and object-oriented techniques or, if you just want to understand what system engineers and software designers are doing these days, this book is a good investment of your time.

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

Each time I look through this guide, I see more problems. Okay, first of all, I haven't seen the one from VERSUS BOOKS, but I've heard its in the same format, only organized. Anyway, this guide is okay. You won't really need this guide, the game is easy enough to master without it. The only thing you would really need this for, is to get the special Chocobos. The secrets? What secrets? It tells you all the side quests and how to get the two hidden characters, but what "secrets" are there? They don't tell you how to get the "Final Attack" materia. It says you get it from a chocobo race, but that isn't true. You get it after entering a special battle in the battle arena. The Bestiary is all screwed up. They don't tell you all the attacks, and not always what to steal. They don't give you an enemy skills list, and so they do not tell you all the enemy skills. What's worse? Okay, I don't mind the plot being spoiled and all, but I do like to expeirience the plot for myself, and with this guide I couldn't do that. They told every thing that was going to happen, and had a ton of screenshots showing it all. They give off a bunch of HUGE spoilers.
Okay, the walkthrough isn't very well organized, and so I took more time reading the walkthrough then playing the game trying to find what I needed to know. I'm not one to use a guide a lot, and I wanted to master this game the first time I went through. Luckily all I have left is the Ruby Weapon. But this guide left me figuring out all the side quests by myself.
Well, there are a ton of good points. The boss strategies are nice, but its better to use your own. (as I've mentioned millions of times!) They tell you things like to cast barrier and stuff like that. The walkthrough covers the whole game. The bestiary has most of the enemies, but not all of them. But the enemies it does have, it tells you their weaknesses and what they're strong against. But I hate looking for all the color codes and symbols just to figure it out.
Overall this was a good guide, but you really don't need it much. Most of this stuff you can figure out on your own.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

I had been coding in Pascal before, but I felt like I only started to understand what programming is all about when I studied this book. If you agree that simplicity is senior to complexity and that aesthetics and software engineering are related then you will love it! I wish I knew a similar book for object oriented programming.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Francesco Balena
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good book , but sometimes you lose a point

Why Did I review a book that is not ready to Sell? Because Mr. Balena is one of the best VB teaches and programmers around the word. I've been reading his articles in VBPJ magazine and they are excellent. I was at VBits'99 Chicago listening to Mr. Balena speak at different Workshops and I asked him if all this good stuff is include in the book and He said, in his Italian accent, " YES!", and the book is huge too (I did not realize it has 1,400 pages). Buy it. I already did. Why Did I give it 4 stars and not five? Because the publisher is Microsoft. :-) Gonzalo Medina