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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy VIII Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A must for the secrets of the game.

The guide is a great tool to use for the harder enimeis and the side quests. it gives away the plot but if used only when times are hard it is a life saver. the order and organization are lacking but is a must for those who want to do everything there is to do in the game.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: User Stories Applied : For Agile Software Development (Addison-Wesley Signature Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Mike Cohn
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
good "how-to" book

This is a very good book. It describes how to write requirements as xp stories, what makes a good story, how to gather requirements, and a little bits about acceptance testing, estimating, and planning. Also nice to see a chapter on using XP-style stories with Scrum.
If you are playing the role of a product designer -- even if you're not using Extreme Programming -- you should buy this book, and also buy Gerald M. Weinberg's book on requirements "Exploring Requirements: Quality Before Design" (with Donald C. Gause.)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual C++ .NET Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Tom Archer, Andrew Whitechapel, Tom Archer
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not a bad book but TOO MANY errors

As another reviewer pointed out, it has a lot of errors in the code. If you just follow the instructions you would most probably not get your code compiling.

Author omitted many things that you need to know. He states, for example, "create SDI project" in step 1. In step 10 or so you find out that you had to give it a specific name which he failed to indicate in the beginning. Same with IDs and so on. Author also fails to give the code for the header files and you just need to think what each variable does (and still write the header file code, of course) or download the solution from the web.

Also, author asks to call the function with one name, and in the code he changes the name to a different one. Adds confusion.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Creating Documents with BusinessObjects
Publisher: Schmidt Ink, Inc.
Authors: Robert D. Schmidt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I learn new tricks

As a new user to business objects, this book has been instrumental to understanding the software. I have taken business objects classes for $$$$. a pop and this book is far more useful. It's great for the beginner, but also includes advanced topics not covered anyplace else. The SI Equity Universe included is definitely the most helpful tool and mirrors a real corporate environment. GREAT BOOK!!