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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Protocols (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great details and explanations


This book gives you all the details of the TCP/IP stack, from the bottom up. The chapters are short and sweet, to the point. I would say a decent amount of IP experience makes this book even better. A novice could read it, but it will be more appreciated by the intermediate user, looking to advance their IP knowledge.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not as good as the first printing.


I bought the original FFVII strategy guide when FFVII first came out and there were only a minor number of problems such as incorrect stats for monsters(Aps had 0 for all of his stats) and so forth. Anyhow the guide has since been destroyed so I went and got this guide which is no where near as useful as the first printing. Such as bosses stats not being displayed in the walkthrough and even more incorrect stats(for example on pg.202 Helletic Hojo's Arms have "Midgar" written in where their HP should be!). I would still get this guide but I would also read several of the online guides so that you won't miss all of the great items like ribbon.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days (4th Edition) (Sams Teach Yourself)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rogers Cadenhead, Laura Lemay
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Reasonable introduction


Yeah, it uses deprecated code, but for a total beginner to Java, it covers the basics. If you're writing for the web and this is your intro, you will learn how to write applets that everyone's browser can read (v1.02), so I definitely think that the material is relevant.
Don't expect to learn everything about a language from one book, especially one of these tutorials, you'll always be disappointed. A book like this is for getting your feet wet in a relatively painless way. Also, if you need an intro to programming, get something else.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Electrodynamics (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: David J. Griffiths
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
no good


This is a good book if you want to understand the concepts of EM but it's lacking when you actually want to begin doing some problems. None of the answers are supplied in the back of the book. Be prepared to spend a lot of time in your professors office if you're using this book.