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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Implementing SAP Sales and Distribution
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Glynn C. Williams
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent content, misleading cover

I can reiterate what the other reviewers have said of this book: It has excellent content, and it tremendously useful to those who want to configure and/or learn more about the SAP R/3 sales and distribution module. I would have liked to see something on serial numbers and also quality management as it relates to SD, but these are nitpicks. From what I could tell, the core R/3 SD functionality is handled well and with great detail.
The cover of the book, on the other hand (over which the author probably has no control) contains a significantly misleading statement. It states that the book "Covers R/3 4.6". This is not true. The book is written primarily with reference to R/3 version 4.0B, with occasional mention of what might be coming in version 4.5. Anyone with some knowledge of R/3 who skims the book will immediately see the misleading nature of the cover. However, someone purchasing on the web, and seeing only the cover statement, will be in for a surprise when the book arrives.
In view of the excellent core content of the book, I would urge the author to update the book for version 4.6 (there are significant changes relative to version 4.0), and also include information on linking the core R/3 SD module with web functionality. Now that would be a 5 star book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Reference book, nothing more.

As already stated by the other reviewers, this book is not a must-read. It's nothing more than a reference book. Don't learn Perl with this book, nor try to find too advanced features. Learn Perl with "Learning Perl" which is really a must-read for any beginner, even if it requires some light programming background... Most Perl documentation is on the web and books like the "Perl Cookbook" are on-line. Save your money if you have an easy access to the web ... .
If you really like Perl (like me) then you should consider "Mastering Algorithms with Perl" which is full of useful tricks for improving the efficiency of your Perl code.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy IX Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
A Guide...on How to Get Around on PlayOnline.com

When I first bought the game, I didn't buy the guide. I beat the game in one week, totaling 28 hours. It was that easy. Then I bought the guide so I could get all of the secrets. Apparently, Eidos, or whoever wrote the guide, decided it best NOT to include the secrets of the game. Instead, it was thought a better idea to give a very short description of the sidequest and give a code so you could visit the website PlayOnline.com to get help. The point of buying a guide is to use it to help either beat the game, or in my case, finish all the side-quests. I refused to go to the website and still haven't finished a third of the side-quests. This is a sorry excuse for a guide.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developer's Workshop to COM and ATL 3.0
Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great COM/ATL book...

I have lots of computer books on many subjects, mostly programing. This is one of the best and most clearly written ones I own. It makes learning COM very easy, and I really like the way it starts out writing very simple COM components, without the use of "wizards." The wizards are nice, but it is very important to understand the code they generate should you need to modify it or in case something goes wrong with the wizard. If you want to learn COM get this book.