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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Kingdom Hearts Chain Of Memories: Official Strategy Guide (Signature Series)
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: Elizabeth Hollinger
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
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Kingdom Hearts Chain Of Memories: Official Strategy Guide (Signature Series)
by Elizabeth Hollinger, Greg Sepelak (Contributor)

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A credible effort, April 28, 2005
Reviewer:neek (Singapore) - See all my reviews
The Official Guide for Kingdom Heart: Chain of Memories is a useful book for helping you understand the more generic aspects of the game. For example, the sections on cards, combos and room descriptions are very well done. Of course, you can always get these information on the Internet for free, but hey, this book has colors!

The walkthrough for the various worlds, however, is a little thin. It's understandable though, considering the randomized nature of these rooms. That said, the book at least attempted to provide deck and levelling up strategies, which always help in an RPG game like this. The tips for boss fights are also quite helpful, even though some of these fights are rather straight forward.

Fans of this game may also know that when you complete the game, you can unlock an additional mode. This guide included some snippets on this mode too. All in all, I'd say the book just about cover everything you need to know about the game, and a little more. I'd recommend this to those who doesn't mind shelling out the cash for a more colorful version of an Internet FAQ.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Peer Information
Authors: Alex Homer, David Sussman, Brian Francis, George Reilly, Dino Esposito, Craig McQueen, Simon Robinson, Richard Anderson, Andrea Chiarelli, Chris Blexrud, Bill Kropog, John Schenken, Matthew Gibbs, Dean Sonderegger, Dan Denault
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5

Like all WROX books, this book is written by too many authors that have different writing style. The biggest drawback with think kind of book is too much introduction on every chapter. This makes the book difficult to absorb since too much time is spent in introduction. Also, the goal of this book seems to make it as thick as possible. I would be interested in a book that is more succint, higher quality, and lighter to carry around.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Joel on Software: And on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or Ill Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Joel Spolsky
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Definitely worth the price of admission...

Apress was kind enough to send me a review copy of Joel On Software by Joel Spolsky. Spolsky is the creator of the website http://www.joelonsoftware.com, where he waxes eloquent on issues related to software and software development. As the head of his own company, Fog Creek Software, he brings both a technical and a business perspective to many of his essays.

This is the latest in a trend of books based on a compilation of a person's blog writing. In Joel On Software, a selection of important and insightful entries over the last four years are gathered and presented in a single volume. In some ways, it's a selective "best of..." book that distills down the writings that the author feels are still worth examining. This could be due to truths that haven't changed or to show how much things *have* changed since the original entry. You could say why read the book, as you can get it all on the web site. True, but you don't get the opportunity to have the writer add any clarification based on hindsight.

Joel will make you think about issues you've likely ignored, and he'll also teach you a few things in the process. For instance, you may think you know everything about Unicode, but count on some new stuff in the essay "The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets (No Excuses!)". And if you want to understand the two methods of growing your business, read "Ben & Jerry's vs. Amazon". Really good stuff to ponder...

This book will challenge, encourage, upset, and entertain you. Spolsky knows his stuff, and he's got the war wounds to prove it. This book is worth the price of admission...

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: BGP Design and Implementation
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Randy Zhang, Micah Bartell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great resource for BGP!

BGP Design and Implementation (Zhang, Bartell Cisco Press, 2004, ISBN 1-58705-109-5) is a valuable addition to the literature on BGP. The book really shines by providing content that is not available in any other volume that I am aware of. This book provides an advanced look at BGP and is not for someone without prior knowledge of BGP. This book is aimed more at an engineer with a Service Provider, a large enterprise with a complex BGP network, or an individual pursuing the CCIE certification.
The first section of the book provides a high level overview of BGP and then immediately delves into a good discussion of IOS Switching (though in my opinion the definitive work on this subject is the great Cisco Press book Inside Cisco IOS Software Architecture by Bollapragada, Murphy and White). A fairly detailed case study of BGP memory usage is then presented as well as some memory optimization techniques using peer groups. The next chapter provides an excellent collection of BGP performance tuning techniques specifically around optimizing the BGP convergence time. While a lot of this information can be gleaned from multiple documents on Cisco's web site, the book presents the information in a logical flow that greatly enhances the reader's overall comprehension. Chapter 4 discusses the various policy control methods available in BGP and provides the first of many case studies that discuss real world BGP scenarios. These case studies, which appear throughout the rest of the book, are especially valuable as they provide excellent guidance on topics such as merging AS's, deploying BGP core networks, deployment/migration of confederations and route reflectors, and Inter-AS VPNs with MPLS. I recommend having a copy of William Parkhurst's Cisco BGP-4 Command and Configuration Handbook (Cisco Press, 2001) around as you go through the case studies as the authors describe the concepts and then proceed to provide an example or case study without a lot of handholding on the IOS configuration, and Parkhurst's book can fill in some gaps.
Part II of the book is focused on the needs of enterprise BGP networks. Much of this material is in Sam Halabi's Internet Routing Architectures book, though this volume provides a fresh look at enterprise issues such as multihoming, load balancing and inbound/outbound filtering, and the case studies are more complete than the content in Halabi's book. The book also provides some great information on alternative BGP architectures for really large enterprises which may be bumping up against the scalability limitations of their IGP's or have a need for multiple autonomous administrative domains within their networks.
Part III covers Service Provider (SP) networks. I found this section especially valuable as most of the available books are written for enterprise network administrators so it is usually difficult for admins at service providers to get this material except from their peers, at ISPCon or Cisco Networkers. There is very in-depth coverage of Route Reflectors and Confederations, the relative merits of each, and deployment and migration case studies. These case studies should be very helpful for some preparing for the CCIE lab exam that can include some difficult scenarios on these topics. The chapter on SP architecture is a little light, but it does cover the major issues and provide some best practices for the SP network admin, but not really for the network architect.
Part IV has chapters on BGP as it relates to MPLS VPN, Interdomain Multicast, and IPV6. This information is also not widely available without rooting through the RFCs and this book provides a good overview so that you can read (and understand) the RFCs.
Overall, this book is an outstanding follow up book for someone learning BGP (after they first digest Halabi's classic!) and wanting to advance their knowledge, or a more experienced engineer who wants to broaden their understanding or learn one of the topics in Section 4. The authors write clearly, and I would seriously consider reading other books by these authors. Overall, I would give this book a 5 out of 5 score based on its overall quality and the lack of competition.