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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great intro to JavaScript for someone who knows how to code


I bought your book today and it is great.  I was browsing many JavaScript books at the bookstore and the clarity and examples of your book stood out.
Almost everything I wanted was in the book.    I love the script idea on "the time of the day."   I definitely want to use that on my site. Thanks a lot.  Your website is a fantastic addition to the book with all the nice examples that *work*.
Thanks...



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Regular Expressions, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jeffrey E. F. Friedl
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
this book saved my client $10,000 in a week


I had to convert a client's db-backed Web server from the Illustra Web Blade (where it was deadlocking) into the safe fast land of AOLserver Tcl. This involved writing a Perl program to parse the Web Blade syntax and then generate Tcl with the appropriate AOLserver API calls. I didn't have the BNF for the Web Blade language and didn't particularly feel like figuring it out. Reading _Mastering Regular Expressions_ enabled me to hack this out pretty painlessly in Perl in a day or two. Probably saved the client $10,000 in programmer time.
Jeffrey Friedl would say that you're supposed to read it from cover-to-cover but I think that you can benefit by pulling it out in emergencies.
Anyway, I had to pick four O'Reilly titles to give away every month from and this book was the first that came to my mind.
Why doesn't this book get a 10? Because in a world with _Anna Karenina_, I don't think any computer trade book deserves a 10! END



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Authors: James Paul Gee
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Facts in spots are wrong, brings up credibility issue


I bought this book with high hopes, being a teacher, and an avid video game player. When I got the book, I immediately turned to the chapter which talked about Everquest (having played Everquest since its beginning until late last year). Imagine my surprise when I found an extreme amount of errors in how he describes things that happen in the game. For example, he says that when a player dies, the corpse drops to the ground spilling all the objects it was carrying and the player comes back in a weaker form with worse armor. This never happened even in the early stages of Everquest. Besides, the publication date is 2003 regardless.

That was one such example of many I can cite from that chapter, but that brings up credibility issues for me in reading any further in the book. If that chapter's facts are wrong, then how do I know that other facts in other chapters are correct?



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
FINALFANTASY7 would be the best gme ever


I think the 8th edition of ff will be a #1 sellr for both game and strategy guide