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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Salesforce.com For Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Thomas Wong
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
You'd be a dummy not to buy this book!

"Salesforce.com for Dummies" is, hands down, the best reference guide for salesforce.com users and administrators alike. Tom Wong has done an excellent job with this book. It is packed with useful tips that will help even the most experienced users and/or administrators get more from Salesforce.com. If you are ready to maximize your investment in Salesforce.com, pick up "Salesforce.com for Dummies." You'd be a dummy not to buy this book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Unreal Technology : The Art of Level Design
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Jason Busby, Zak Parrish, Joel VanEenwyk
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Most items half explained, CD Tutorial files don't work

I've programmed and used game level editor tools professionally. The Unreal Ed tool is a bear for anyone without previous knowledge of Unreal's editor. This book tells you half of what you need to know to get going. You'll have to guess and find by trial and error what and where the menus and tools are that the authors tell you about. Be prepared for a lot of frustration. You're probably better off going to the Epic Games site and downloading the same Unreal Runtime editor that is on the CD and accessing their tutorials for non-licensed users. You can also access a free learners edition of Maya.

And to add insult to injury, the tutorial files cannot be accessed with the runtime engine on either the CD or the Epic Games site. You'll need a fully licensed version of the Unreal Runtime engine to use the tutorial files. The tutorial files don't work with the free version of the Runtime Engine.

It does't say much for QA, if you sell a product that doesn't work out of the package, and this one doesn't. As a former game QA guy, I can't believe the publisher went gold on a CD that crashes the Unreal Runtime Editor, everytime you try to access a tutorial file. This book and CD is "unreal." If I could get my money back after opening the worthless CD, I would.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Operating System Concepts
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Abraham Silberschatz, Greg Gagne, Peter Baer Galvin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent textbook and introduction to the field

This was the text for an introductory course on operating systems that I took last semester, and I found it one of the better textbooks on any topic in the field. It's well-written and enjoyable to read, and it avoids using unnecessary jargon (and explains any of it that *is* necessary). The earlier chapters touch on topics that are explored later on in more depth. I think this is what led a reviewer below to complain of repetition, but for me it was a positive feature. I also liked the order in which the topics were covered, and the chapters covering actual operating systems (Unix, Linux, Win NT) and tying them into the theoretical material were excellent.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Oracle Certified Professional Application Developer Exam Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Authors: Jason Couchman, Jason Couchman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent piece of work

Wow! I didn't realize that Developer/2000 could be so easy to use. The documentation it comes with isn't great, and Oracle Press's Handbook isn't a lot better. But this book makes Developer/2000 very clear. The examples relate to real life, and the step-by-step instructions are exceedingly easy to follow. I was especially blown away by the exercises on creating forms to store audio and picture data in a database...it's a lot easier than I thought it would be.
Two thumbs up!