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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns C#
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Steven John Metsker
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Guide for implementing Design Patterns in C#.


This book will serve you well whether you knowPatterns and are trying to learn C# or know C# and are trying tounderstand Patterns better. It is not a replacement for the DesignPatterns Book or a good C+ reference, but it is an excellent companion for both.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Training Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Que
Authors: Charles J. Brooks
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Update to my 25 Jan 2004 Review


I just passed the A+ Oper Sys Technologies 220-302 scoring 637 (Passing Score: 505); and on 8 Mar 2004, I passed A+ Core Hardwr. 220-301 scoring 586 (Passing Score: 515). These new exams can be very challenging --CompTIA seem well-focused on raising the value of their A+ Certification, indeed. Charles Brooks' 5th ed. Trng. Guide, Marcraft A+ Cert. Concepts & Practice tests(ExamGear2), Measure-UP, and Prep-Logic exam simulators, and Jean Andrews' A+ In-Depth guide (used as a reference) all contributed to my success. It must be said that C.Brooks' trng. guide's Fast Facts + Practice Exam at the back of the book are excellent warm-ups an hour or so before the actual exam! There were, of course, 6% - 9% questions on the exam that were not in either stdy. guides, this is to be expected as CompTIA introduces, unannounced, beta questions on their A+ exam --beta questions do not +/- affect one's score; even so, I believe that if one were to use quality study resources, one should do good. The A+ Training Guide 5th ed. and J.Andrews' A+ IN-Depth are my newest references for some time to come. I'll give the nod to Brooks' guide for A+ cert preparation because it's closely aligned/keyed to each Domain objective whereas the other isn't. I also began work on my Network+ Cert. using the Network+ Trng. Guide (by Mike Harwood) which appears to be another winner. Que publishing seems to be on a winning streak with these two.
Ps. Many people are failing this new A+ exam, so prepare well! It's virtually impossible to overprepare on this one.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy IX Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
What strategy is included?


I just received the strategy guide last night, but when I looked through the beginning sections of the book, I found a disturbing problem. The writer decided to use the new PlayOnline.com site as a crutch so he didn't have to include a lot of information in the book itself. For most topics you will find little notes on the side of the page saying "For more detailed information on ... goto PlayOnline.com." I really don't understand what happened this time.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Artificial Intelligence (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Winston
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A truly excellent survey of the field of AI


Having purchased this book as a supplement to Winston's course at MIT, I can very highly recommend it as a very comprehensive, up-to-date, well written text summarizing the field. The book covers essentially all of the topics pertenant in modern AI with enough detail for a complete implementation without being overly technical. I strongly recommend it to anybody looking to build intelligent systems or to anybody simply perusing the field for abstract ideas.