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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire : Prima's Official Strategy Guide (Prima's Official Strategy Guides)
Publisher: Prima Games
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
MUST HAVE!!!!!!!!!!

Lets get 1 thing clear. You need the Strategy Guide if you even think of getting Poke'mon ruby or sapphire. If you don't you will be soo confused and give up. It will be sitting around the house collecting dust. So get the Strategy Guide and you will have a new favorite game!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Authors: Richard Phillips Feynman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This is great book. It's rather startling, however, to see (further down the line) someone recommend this and David Deutsch's "The Fabric of Reality" in the same breath. It ought to be clear to anyone familiar with Richard Feynman's works, how adamant he was about the scientific method and how adverse he was to the sort of pseudo-scientific tricks played in "The Fabric of Reality". (See especially the last chapters of "The Character of Physical Law", "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman", and "What Do You Care What Other People Think?".) The moral of this, I suppose, is that it is possible to read a book, and even to think you like it, and not understand a word of it. Very discouraging. Well, some people are capable of appreciating Richard Feynman, at least.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Perl Programming
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Sriram Srinivasan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good in parts

This ain't no Camel in terms of production quality (there are quite a few mistakes I could discern on a casual read), but it is good. Some of the material overlaps with the Camel book, particularly the first few chapters. The chapters dealing with complex data structures and references are well covered in the Camel and the repetition here is, for the most part, needless. Also some of the examples appear boring and contrived. Other than the first 6 chapters, I have read the code generation chapter. This is what has me all excited. I have written my own code generator but the elegance of this one is remarkable. In conclusion, after reading through more than a third of the book, I can say that while it is not the best Perl book in existence (that honor properly belongs to the Camel), this book is worth a place on the shelf of a serious Perl programmer.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Guide to Networking Essentials, Fourth Edition
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Greg Tomsho, Ed Tittel, Greg Johnson
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Avoid This Book!

If you're new to networking and are looking for a book to adequately teach you the basics, avoid this one. Although the text does a fine job of introducing the essential topics, it provides five (5) types of information about these topics: Contradictory, Incorrect, Incomplete, Incomprehensible, and Decent. Since NE is a mnemonic and acronym driven subject, here are a few mnemonics to help you remember this: IDIoCy and DICey. The book is very poorly written; I read 3 other books on NE in the same time it took me to get through this book's garbled syntax and errata. The decent part is the summary tables provided throughout the book on cabling, architecture, protocols, etc. The "limited version" Transcender test CD provided with the text is OK, but it is essentially a teaser to get you to buy the "full version." Instead, I recommend the Sybex NE Study Guide (Chellis and Perkins), NE Unleashed (Sportack), and Accelerated MCSE NE Study Guide (Kinnaman). Using these, I just passed the 70-058 exam with a 900.