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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
Wow - THE best Javascript book available!


I purchased the Netscape One Developer's Guide thinking it would provide answers to my Javascript questions - it answered very few, unfortunately. The 'Guide' doesn't begin to approach the ease of use, thoroughness or amount of information contained in "Javascript: The Definitive Guide". Javascript is as completely covered as it can be (with the free-flowing nature of WWW specifications, its hard to keep track of all the changes). I found the descriptions and examples informative, clear and concise and kinda fun sometimes. The layed back nature of the writing won't scare off novice coders/web developers and yet doesn't turn off more advanced developers. The book is cut in half - the first provides an introduction into Javascript and discusses its more important subjects while the second is a complete reference section for Javascript 1.2. It specifically treats the differences between Netscape and Internet Explorer whereas the Netscape One guide left that up to the reader to figure out - an oversight which relegates the Netscape One Developer's Handbook to the dusty bookshelf (way in the back). If you're doing web development and need to use Javascript - this is probably the only book you'll need. If you're doing web development and you're not using Javascript - you NEED this book - it will show you what you can do with simple client-side scripts.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Murach's Beginning Visual Basic .NET
Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates
Authors: Anne Prince
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not enough detail in areas


This book was required for School. I had never touched VB until this class, and this book was not very helpful to me and every one else in the class. When I got to chapter 5 it felt like all I had done was type in code presented in the book. There was very little explanation as to why you were doing some things. It really appears that there was not enough room for explanation because of the layout. The class ended up buying the "Teach Yourself VB.Net in 24 hour" from Sam Publishing. The Sams book breaks the code down in a much more understanding way.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Embedded Systems in C and C ++
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Michael Barr
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Concepts for Programming Tiny Operating systems


Having great regard for O'Reilly books, I had expected great breadth and depth from an O'Reilly book titled "Programming Embedded Systems in C & C++". However, this text takes disappointingly small steps towards 80x86 based embedded systems. The ARCOM systems are well designed, but much more expensive than the text would suggest.
The chapter on A Decent Embedded OS, ADEOS, does not provide or describe a complete working OS. Jean LaBrosses' texts "MicroCOS II : The Real-Time Kernel" and "Embedded Systems Building Blocks..." do.
Better Bang per Buck:
Having been a 68xx, PIC and 80x86 programmer for years, I would now recommend ATMEL systems AVR xxxx- Code Composer Studio Free, AVR In Circuit Emulators (ICE) - Inexpensive, C & C++ or other free or inexpensive compilers & resources.
THe books by "Embedded Systems Programming" Journal authors are also generally quite excellent - "Math Toolkit for REAL-TIME programming" & TCP/IP Lean being good examples.



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
Final Fantsy 7


It is the best game i ever played. It has the best graphics i have ever seen.The story line is great and the characters are the best.This game has love,despair,and hope.This game is a must play game.