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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great


Brilliant exposition. The author is a great teacher. He builds idea upon idea, pointing out the basics and explaining how they fit together. For example, Chapter 8 ("Objects") is beautiful; it enhanced my understanding of Java, in addition to JavaScript, by providing thoughtfully crafted, meaningful context around the subject of object-oriented languages.



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
Mixed Feelings


As a gamer who purchased the original edition of this book not two years ago, I was somewhat annoyed at the re-release of the Star Wars roleplaying game. I found it somewhat unfair to require the established players to purchase what seemed to amount to a rules tweak and episode II reference.
That being said, I was somewhat pleased with the results of the rules tweaks. The character classes now have more of a Star Wars feel... something that was sorely missing from the initial print. The addition of the Tech Specialist class rounds out the character classes a bit more thoroughly, and the conversion of Jedi Master to a prestige class made a lot of sense. On the down side, the book reprints material found in supplemental books.. making me wonder if the purchase of supplements is, in fact, necessary.
As far as the episode II updates.. I must say that I was disappointed. While there -are- entries on the newer characters and there are some vehicles covers, the book lacks meat. WotC would have been better off printing an Episode II sourcebook.
All in all? It's worth purchasing, if you can get it for less than list. Otherwise... wait for the inevitable episode III revision.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developer's Workshop to COM and ATL 3.0
Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for hands-on ATL


If you have read Don Box's Essential COM, which is a great book covering COM theory, Andrew Troelsen's book will be perfect for you to get your hands wet on COM using ATL. I have personally waited a long time for this book. All the Wrox books on this subject have failed to deliver! Andrew presents ATL in an extremely logical manner. In Each chapter he always starts implementing COM with plain C++ code and then teaches you how ATL makes life easier for you by hidding all the boiler plate code in the template. You can tell that the author has spent a lot of time dissecting and understanding ATL. It seems to me that some of the Wrox authors were rushing things and finally gave us only half-cooked meal.
In my opinion, the time you will be saved from reading the ATL code yourself is well worth the money. Besides, The lab in this book makes you feel like sitting in a training class and this will save you or your company a few thousand bucks.
I also learned some useful VC++ IDE tips in this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Access 2000 VBA Handbook
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Susann Novalis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Presentation


If you have already spent time zipping around in Access, trying to make it do stuff, this book is a Godsend. Excellent drill-down into the guts of Access, including high-level overview of how Access is put together and how it "thinks". This is a top-notch, practical guide to mastering Access (at least mastering it to the point where you can crack open the Access 2000 Developer's Handbook (Getz/Litwin) and get it. Easily 5 stars *****. b.