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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside SolidWorks
Publisher: OnWord Press (Acquired Titles)
Authors: David Murray
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not a good book. Why do people buy it?


Why do people buy a book like this? This was not a helpful or useful book. I wanted to learn design and software techniques using Solidworks. This book skips back and forth, is very vague in most areas and is filled with software errors. Is this a 2003 book? Someone should tell me he needs to update his software. You need to read the book cover to cover to obtain some information.
Look elsewhere to find a more user friendly book that you can pick up and be productive. I am very surprise that he has sold as many books as he has. I guess people are not that smart, "including me".



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: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Waht an improvement!!


This game is such an improvement over the old WEG system, there's hardly a way to compare them. The system isn't cumbersome (it uses the D&D 3E d20 system), players have more control over their character's development, and the Jedi Force powers are clearly defined, and limited. My only beef is with the starship combat rules. They seem overly simplistic and limiting. Also, the number of starships available is disappointing. I had to convert all the ships I could find from the old WEG game just to have some variety.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Authors: Katie Hafner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Extremely good


While we all thought the Internet started in the early 90's it went back much longer. This very good book describes what movements it took before a worldwide computer network could come into existence, perhaps focussing slightly too much on the American situation (there's also Internet in Japan and Europe). The person of J.C.R. Licklider deserves more attention than he's been getting until now, perhaps because he was not a science fiction but a very real life technology thinker. This books restores to him the glory he deserves. Likewise the story that ARPANet was built to survive an atomic war is seriously debunked with quotes from all the initial Internet players; ARPANet was an army experiment, nothing more. See what it's become.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming .NET Web Services
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Alex Ferrara, Matthew MacDonald
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
VERY GOOD .NET WEB COVERAGE


"Programming .NET Web Services" is an easy-to-understand text, which simplified all the difficult aspects of XML Web Services (as it concerned Microsoft .NET platform).At 500 pages, this book is not that voluminous, yet, it detailed most of the essential issues needed in order to utilize all the .NET options which one is likely to encounter on both Microsoft and non-Microsoft clients.I really find this book useful, despite the fact that some of its elaborations are not as extensive as I would like them to be. This textbook is better used as a daily text, or as the case may be, a quick reference resource.