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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: FrameMaker(R) 7: The Complete Reference
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Sarah S. S. O'Keefe, Sheila A. A. Loring
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good Information, but Some Deficiencies


FrameMaker 7: The Complete Reference is, as described in virtually all of its reviews here at amazon.com, a good reference book and a good choice for learning FrameMaker. Its information is good; however, the book's paper, print quality, and binding are all very poor. The spine on my copy broke after just a few days of handling. My copy is destined to shortly fall into several pieces. If you compare this book's physical quality to the quality of Adobe's FrameMaker 7.0 Classroom in Book, you will see a world of difference. Again, the information the book contains is good. The book is mostly complete, excepting its structured application development deficiencies. With respect to structured application development, I must say it is almost, but not quite completely, deficient.
Steve Whitlatch



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself VISUALLY Wireless Networking
Publisher: Visual
Authors: Todd W. Carter, Paul Whitehead
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Incomplete and TOO visual!


Maybe a "Visual" format is really too much here. Do we really need to see a picture of a computer with folders flying out of it? The screen shots were great, but there were far too many pointless pictures. This book also did not even mention channels! C'mon...thats a pretty important concept I wanted to know more about. the book also failed to mention wireless bridging hardware or even considerations when setting up a network with several possibly overlapping access points. Too basic of a book, probably only suited for the home networker.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP: Project Management Professional Study Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Kim Heldman, PMP, Kim Heldman, Sybex
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not reliable


The PMBOK Guide (by PMI) is essential in preparing for the PMP, but follows the 9 Knowledge Areas approach. The approach necessary to pass the test is the 5 Process Groups (plus Professional Responsibility) approach. This Study Guide takes the 5 Process Groups approach and hence clears the confusion one may experience in reading the PMBOK Guide. They also go into more depth than the PMBOK Guide as can be seen by the fact that the book has more than twice as many pages.
This Study Guide also has a CD-ROM with hundreds of practice questions (you can take 2 practice exams). The entire book is on the CD-ROM too. I have not tried their electronic flashcards for PCs and Palm Handhelds.
Considering everything that the book offers, it is a great buy at [this price]. Other CD-ROM software programs that offer practice tests are over $300. The only other book that will prove very useful on top of this book is Rita Mulcahy's 'PMP Exam Prep'. It is a bit more expensive but is of much higher quality in preparing for the PMP exam. This Study Guide is wonderful as a secondary preparation material to Rita's book. Read my reviews of her book to get more info on preparing for the PMP. I always use multiple study guides to get multiple perspectives when preparing for an exam. So, if you can afford it, I would recommend both books for your PMP preparation. But if you want to invest in only one study guide, I would say get Rita's PMP Exam Prep.
Good luck on the PMP!



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
Tells a bit too much, but a great guide overall


Reading this guide is a bit like reading a book. It tells you mostly everything and has a few too many pictures that give away good plot twists. However, its very informative and essential I think, to mastery of the game. A must have as long as you don't read ahead!!