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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Owen Linzmayer, Owen W. Linzmayer
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good Book for Apple fanatics

This is the first Apple Confidential I read, and it was really interesting. Linzmayer's writing style is very good, and sometimes you will visualize the events you're reading about.
If you are an Apple fanatic you owe yourself this book. If you're just curious about Apple maybe this book will give you too much info. In that case feel free to bypass the timelines, but read the rest :)
A good book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Now I'm getting dissapointed

Each time I look through this guide, I see more problems. Okay, first of all, I haven't seen the one from VERSUS BOOKS, but I've heard its in the same format, only organized. Anyway, this guide is okay. You won't really need this guide, the game is easy enough to master without it. The only thing you would really need this for, is to get the special Chocobos. The secrets? What secrets? It tells you all the side quests and how to get the two hidden characters, but what "secrets" are there? They don't tell you how to get the "Final Attack" materia. It says you get it from a chocobo race, but that isn't true. You get it after entering a special battle in the battle arena. The Bestiary is all screwed up. They don't tell you all the attacks, and not always what to steal. They don't give you an enemy skills list, and so they do not tell you all the enemy skills. What's worse? Okay, I don't mind the plot being spoiled and all, but I do like to expeirience the plot for myself, and with this guide I couldn't do that. They told every thing that was going to happen, and had a ton of screenshots showing it all. They give off a bunch of HUGE spoilers.
Okay, the walkthrough isn't very well organized, and so I took more time reading the walkthrough then playing the game trying to find what I needed to know. I'm not one to use a guide a lot, and I wanted to master this game the first time I went through. Luckily all I have left is the Ruby Weapon. But this guide left me figuring out all the side quests by myself.
Well, there are a ton of good points. The boss strategies are nice, but its better to use your own. (as I've mentioned millions of times!) They tell you things like to cast barrier and stuff like that. The walkthrough covers the whole game. The bestiary has most of the enemies, but not all of them. But the enemies it does have, it tells you their weaknesses and what they're strong against. But I hate looking for all the color codes and symbols just to figure it out.
Overall this was a good guide, but you really don't need it much. Most of this stuff you can figure out on your own.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning XML (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: David Hunter, Andrew Watt, Jeff Rafter, Kurt Cagle, Jon Duckett, Bill Patterson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
New edition is vastly updated

First, please note that all of the reviews prior to September 2004 refer to older editions of this book.
More importantly, the 3rd edition was a large overhaul of this existing material and includes a lot of new coverage (XML 1.1, RSS, SVG, Relax NG and more) not found in the earlier editions.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP Databases
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: John Kauffman, Kevin Spencer, Thearon Willis, John Kauffman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book

I just opened this book and am already solving some of the problems I have been pulling my hair out over the last few weeks in just a few hours... This author is a savior. Kudos to John Kauffman!