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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Carrier Grade Voice Over IP
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Authors: Daniel Collins
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Collin's book provides a simple straight forward review of Voice over IP. If you need to understand SIP, H.323, Megaco, or Softswitches this book is a must.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
This is for people who have NEVER written code

I followed the advice from other reviews and bought the book since I am completely new to Perl. The foreword and the odd attempt at humor are terrible, but that is a small detail. What really bugged me is that the author spends so much time on the simplest stuff. You learn that functions that take arguments can do more interesting stuff than functions with no arguments, and you learn what if/else is about. Wow! For anybody who can understand the following:
while (i-->0) array[i] = 1;
this book is a waste of time. I did learn about Perl, but it could all have been summed up in 30 pages, not 200+. If you have programmed in C before, go for "Programming Perl" instead.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How to Do Everything with Adobe® Acrobat® 6.0 (Windows)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Doug Sahlin
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Should Be Better

I purchased this book for an overview of Acrobat 6.0. While there is some good info, too much is not explained fully. There are constant cross references "see chapter 8", no page reference and the bulk of the book is for the pro version. The author spends a lot of time using fancy nomenclature (not technical terms) instead of offering better tips. I would love to see a Special Edition Using Acrobat from Que Publishing. That series is excellent for learning software. I will look for a better book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Official Strategy Guide (Signature)
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: Tim Bogenn, Rick Barba
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Minor inaccuracies hinder this from being a great guide.

The strategy guide to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is useful, despite its inaccuracies on some of the maps. While internet guides are incredibly helpful (and I encourage gamers to use them, by all means), the internet guides are often not at one's fingertips while playing the game, something this guide can make up for.

That is a huge plus. Now, on to the inaccuarate maps I mentioned above. A little research on the Web turned up that the locations of the collection items like horseshoes, photo ops, etc. are not labeled wrong in their placement on the map, but the numbering sequence is out of order.

For example, the screenshots in the guide label photo op #2 as being on top of an airport storage tank north of Foster Valley. The photo op is there, but it is incorrectly labeled as #32 on the San Fierro map, while photo op #2 is labeled on the map as located near Avispa Country Club. In short: The placement is right, the numbers are wrong, and that's why I give this guide four stars.

Apart from those errors, the guide can be a helpful thing to have at your side while playing the game, and it can provide some tips and help one become familiar with the game.