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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

I couldnt have beat the game without the book. Granted I did look ahead the first time and found out aeris was gonna die that spoiled it for me. And there were some typos. but it really helped me wit the game. So i cant complain.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Game Programming for Teens
Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade
Authors: Maneesh Sethi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for newbies without the headaches of C or VB .net!!!!

The idiot that gave this book a one star and screams that you should learn a "real" programming language is a total moron and misses the point entirely. This book is not about teaching you program languages like C/C++ or VB .net or how to make $100K a year. It is meant to teach you the basics of programming in a fun way by using games as examples. If you have no experience and pick up a book on C++ or .Net or Java, etc. you will quickly become overwhelmed, you will lose your interest and quit. This author prevents that from happening to you!!
Get this book, learn the basics, have fun and use this inexpensive book to help you decide if you want to spend a lot more money pursuing your dream. Hey...maybe you have no goal but you want to learn and get some knowledge while having fun...this is the book!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good into to Perl but insufficient for real work

Easy to read. Good introduction to language. Don't expect to be able to write significant programs with only this book. You'll need a much more complete reference.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MySQL (3rd Edition) (Developer's Library)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Paul DuBois
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Almost too good.

This is by far the best MySQL resource (not just book) I have ever seen. Not only does it cover (at length) the MySQL SQL Server and accompanying clients, but also covers the PHP, PERL DBI, and C APIs. If you have EVER seen any type of database or are remotely familiar with database theory, you'll be developing your own MySQL *application* after the 385th page (which is the end of the API overviews... if you already know your API of choice, you'll be up-and-running after the second chapter).