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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy XI Official Strategy Guide for PS2 & PC
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: Michael Lummis, Elizabeth M. Hollinger, Edwin Kern, Kathleen Pleet
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Better from what I have heard of the fall 2003 guide


First I want to say I started on this game without the guide played it for awhile did a few quests and got bored of it. I decided to buy the guide. After getting the guide and using it to complete missions and more quests, and learning where everything was, I got hooked on the game. This guide will enhance the enjoyment of the game. The one reason I give it four stars is because there are some flaws but it seems like all guides have some sort of flaw. I noticed one flaw was for the command macro for summoner for realeasing your summons it doesn't tell you to put the command <me> in I set this macro up and couldn't figure what I was doing wrong till a friend asked if I put the command to cast it on myself. I realized that was the problem but the command wasn't in the book. But this is really a minor flaw, and you will want to create your own macros anyway and just use the book as a basis for creating your own macros. Now the other problem with this book is its outdated because I have already come across two quests not found in the book and more new will follow once I get the newest expansion Chains of Permethia. I can't wait to get the new guide. If you are just starting out on this game then get this guide if not wait for the next guide which I hope comes soon. This guide really helps make the game more fun, I was totally lost without it. Coarse there are websites you can go to to help you do the quests but it kinda bites having to look at your pc and play the game at the same time, and you can't do this if your playing FFXI on your pc.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: eBay(TM) Strategies : 10 Proven Methods to Maximize Your eBay Business
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Scot Wingo
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Absolutely Awesome!


This book is amazing. Absolutely mind-blowing. This made me realize what I doing to limit my business. Easy to read, freindly tone. Really gives you strategies and the knowledge and resources to implement them. Now I have the tools and a plan to acheive my eBay and eCommerce dreams. Thanks Scot!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Pearls (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Jon Bentley
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Makes you think harder


Programming pearls is a compendium of 15 columns previously published in Communications of the ACM. The columns cover a wide range of topics related to programming: from requirements gathering to performance tuning. The focus is primarily on coding techniques and algorithms.

Each column has been reorganized as a chapter. Chapters usually start with the presentation of a practical problem. Then various solutions are presented and are used as lessons to be learned. The writing style is clear and fun.

Programming Pearls is not a usual book teaching new programming concepts. Although it contains good and sometimes quite novel ideas, the aim of the book is not to teach something new. For example, the search and sort algorithms presented are well-known. The aim is to remind programmers to think hard before starting writing code. The book has great chapter on back-of-the-envelope computation for example which is useful when comparing various solutions. The easy solutions to the column's problems are usually very slow. The `good' solutions are lightening fast but require thinking hard about the problems. I would recommend having a book about algorithms nearby when reading Programming Pearls.

The book is full of little (and some not so little) exercises that are given throughout the chapters. Solutions or hints are given at the end. The exercises usually take a few hours to do properly and are a great resource. Again the emphasis is on making the reader think.

If you consider programming a repetitious activity, Programming Pearls will provoke you into thinking harder about finding elegant solutions. I recommend this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The one C book everyone should have


I learned C using this book as my reference in college. I still use it for the occasional C program I have to write to brush up on things like pointers. The book explains everything as clearly as it can be explained. The only books that I have found that are equal to this for clarity are 'Thinking in C++' and 'Thinking in Java' by Bruce Eckel.