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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Revised Core Rulebook (Star Wars Roleplaying Game)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Authors: Bill Slavicsek, Andy Collins, J.D. Wiker, Steve Sansweet
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
New players don't read this, advanced players should!


First let me say that I am a die hard SW fan, even when they launched TFM I remained a fan, although they messed it up (some parts).
I have played the WEG version for over 7 years, and I liked it. When I heard that WOTC had bought SW, I was doubtfull and didn't look into it. Well finally I did buy the Core Book, and my first glance was positive! The book itself looks great, the rules seem ok, but I'm missing something, the WEG game had a 1 shot 1 kill built into it. This I liked and so did my players, I don't like Vitality points & Wound Points it slows the game down. Also I don't like the armor rules, they suck (but there is a revised core book planned and that was altered). The one thing that annoys me is that they made so many mistakes, the errata file is large.
But if you look past these failings then I can recommend the game, just try it for yourself. I changed some of the rules and addapted them to my vision of how it should be. For new gamers this book is perfect, for advanced players it will do.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Crystal Reports .NET Programming
Publisher: Bischof Systems
Authors: Brian Bischof
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If only someone at Crystal could write like this!!!


A GodSend!!
After spending $2000 for Crystal 10 Enterprise-I was appalled by the lack of documentation, examples and tutorials. (I did find some examples on the Crystal Decisions website but had trouble translating them to my specific programming tasks.)
Most Crystal Report Books spend a lot of time on the Report Designer which in my humble opinion, from a programmer's perspective, is superfluous.
Brian excels in both explaining Crystal Reports and integrating it into .Net for programmers.
Brian gives you the object model and examples of specific methods. These are readily useable from VB.Net to ASP.Net.By explaining the inner workings of Crystal; e.g., the two-step processing of report data, the reader can understand differences between items such as subtotals and running totals.
Within about 2 hours after perusing his chapter on exporting and deploying, I was able to set up a report in an asp.net application (with a few adjustments).
Consider me a fan. I look forward to other works from Brian. I will do all I can to make his self-publishing profitable.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows Server 2003
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Christa Anderson, Michele Beveridge, C. A. Callahan, Lisa Justice
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Ignore The Rest -- Buy The Best


This is absolutely the best writing I have encountered on Microsoft's premier operating system. The authors have put a great deal of effort into explaining clearly and in sufficient detail -- and it shows.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP: Project Management Professional Study Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Kim Heldman, PMP, Kim Heldman, Sybex
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellet study material when combined with the PMBOK


I just recently become a certified project manager (PMP certified 05/03) and work for a global IT integrator as a the national resource coordinator. When preparing for the PMI's PMP exam, I put 75% of my study time towards this book and about 25% towards studying the PMI's PMBOK (Project Management Institute's Project Management Book of Knowledge). The book is excellently laid out and the practice exam questions are 100% on par with those on the actual exam itself. I passed the PMP with a 86% score (highest in my company), my average score from the practice exams in Sybex's PMP Study Guide where 85%. That coorelation in scores speaks for itself, in terms of the value this book has to offer.