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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Metroid Prime Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Doug Walsh, BradyGames
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
It's an Okay Guide


This isn't a bad selection for a Metroid Prime guide. It has all the essentials of the guide. A complete walkthrough with complete coverage of the game and even tells you about Samus' abilities. I don't like that they don't cover all the cheats. Not only that, but the fact that there is no other Metroid Prime guide out there besides VERSUS BOOKS that will give me an Original Metroid walkthrough! A players guide for that is hard to find. This guide only gives tips to playing Metroid but nothing more.
Also, the guide could've used more screens in a few areas to better detail everything. There is a lot of text in this guide and not enough screens. The layout isn't bad and at least if I need some help I can quickly refer to the guide for advice. I'm still peeved that there isn't any other guide other than VERSUS BOOKS (which is already out of print by the way) that would give me an Original Metroid walkthrough.
What I have to say to this...it's almost impossible to find a guide to Metroid Prime that won't help you through the game. This one is a great find for Metroid Prime but if you can find it, I'd highly recommend the VERSUS guide as opposed to this.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent intro to Perl!!


I am junior student in Istanbul University . My major branch stand as PC-Based Computer Engineering so I had to learn something cool gives me the ability to deal with fill-in forms over the Web . I can say it is the most simple book explains the basics of arguments , functions , and CGI programming under Perl . Note: Almostly everything can be done with Java also possible with least code , short time and effort . Notice that Perl Language stand as a Platform independent . Simple , powerful , and strong way to learn it achieved by buying this book .



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ for Dummies (4th Edition, Completely Revised)
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Stephen Randy Davis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Absolute First Stop for Beginning Programmers


I've been looking for just the right introduction to programming for some time. I've spent more than a dozen hours combing through the shelves in my local Borders and B&N, skimming over 50 so-called "introductory" texts, looking for one that I could really learn from. By way of background, I am an advanced computer user/tinkerer, but I'm completely inexperienced in the field of programming -- never so much as typed a lick of code.
In reviewing other books, I didn't want to start with a book about C, because conventional wisdom says that it's a bad idea to start with C (a procedural language) if you plan to use it to jumpstart a study of C++ or java (hybrid OOP languages). I also didn't want to start with a book on QBasic, because it seems to me that the language is pretty much obsolete. For me, I wanted to learn OOP, and that meant a commitment to C++ and/or java (preferably both, as each has its strengths and weaknesses, and they are similar and popular enough to study together).
That said, I looked at somewhat advanced introductory books by Deitel, Savitch, and Horton, all of which are extremely well-reviewed here on Amazon. I also looked at several books from Microsoft Press, as I planned on learning by using components of the Visual Studio. Horton's Beginning C++ came close, but its massive size and more advanced approach left me looking for a different introductory text (I plan on returning to Horton's book though, to supplement what I learn from Mr. Davis' book).
Finally, this new edition of C++ for Dummies came out just in time. This book really hits the mark on many levels: (1) it assumes no knowledge of programming; (2) it does a great job of explaining truly complex topics without going overboard or hitting you over the head; (3) it is clear and entertaining; and (4) it is new and compliant with the latest standards, which is more than I can say for books written, say, pre-1998.
Do yourself a favor -- if you have no programming experience and want to learn a cutting edge OOP language like C++ or java, start here, then use that knowledge to branch out to more advanced material. Personally, I'm supplementing this reading with Horton's Beginning C++ and Beginning Java 2 (JDK 1.3 Version), and Bruce Eckel's highly praised Thinking in Java.
Good luck!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition (All-in-One)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Shon Harris, Shon Harris
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good references.


To understand the goal of this book you need to reference the ISC2 website to discover the outline of the exam this is supposed to be preparing you for. When you do and make comparisons of the syllabus with the contents, you soon realise that this book is NOT a one stop prep guide.
That said most of the material is covered in some detail. Ms Harris could very easily have reduced the explanations and should have placed the very American focused material to an appendix. The ISC2 is an international consortium and, as such, explicitly does not reference a situation or law unique or heavily biased to one country, even if that country is America.
I can well imagine that for an American based person, even after the examination, this work will continue to be a useful resource. The usage of online references is very helpful and helps elucidate the areas that Ms Harris clearly does not fully understand.
So what is not so good?
The English, from both a grammatical and style perspective, is very poor. This book is simply one of the worst written technical books I have ever read.
The superfluous content should be reviewed and placed in an appendix.
The facts should be accurate and reflected by accurate exam questions.
This final point is the most worrying. As an IT professional with extensive experience in certain areas, I was able to recognise when something was incorrect, in those areas. However, the CISSP covers the full spectrum of security from IT security to classical security and the laws pertaining to them. How am I to know the specifications of a PIDAS? In these areas one needs to be able to trust the book and I found myself not able to do that.
It is worth buying as a resource for passing the exam, but you would need to have other sources (Krutz & SRV are probably complimentary). The problem in this area is there are too few books providing the information that is really needed and to the level required, without additional non-relevant text.
***The quesitons on the CD are extremely useful and around the level of the questions on the real exam. **** Do them several times until you get an idea of the tricky style of questions asked. The real exam questions are designed to lure you into a wrong answer and the CD questions help you get used to that.