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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C# Programmer's Cookbook
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Allen Jones
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent quick format

I too feel compelled to disagree with the 'Bad Review' that dismissed this book as being for beginners and just a repeat of the MSDN material.
I've been using .NET C# for years and I am not not a beginner to OO and have been a professional programmer for more than 20 years. I've spent many hours in the MSDN help files and searching the internet for esoteric answers. This book contains many succinct solutions to everyday problems. It's not supposed to be a `big picture' book or only focus on the esoteric. Sure, some of the recipes do qualify for trivial. Before I bought it I was able to scan the table of contents and see solutions to tricky problems that I had solved and many others that I had interest in or could reasonably see needing. By scanning the solutions I was familiar with, such as cryptography, threading, and networking, it was clear the authors had a clear understanding of the problems and were able to boil it down to real solutions for real problems. While MSDN does contain many good examples, many times it misses the mark when it comes down to relevancy for solving a real problem.
If you are like me, and want solutions at your finger tips, and are willing to pay a little to save a lot of time, this book is a great tool to have available.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Linux Web Server CD Bookshelf CD-ROM
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: O'Reilly & Associates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Linux Web Server CD Bookshelf

The Linux Web Server CD Bookshelf gave me everything I needed right at my finger tips. If there was only one major reason that you should buy this Bookshelf it would be the search capabilities alone. This Bookshelf comes with the ability to search all 6 books at once for any subject you want. This was the first type of CD Bookshelf that I have ordered. If it is possible I will only buy CD Bookshelves from now on.
Sean Seely

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy IX Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Gorgeous, Thorough and Annoying

Strategy guides have to walk a fine line. We want them to help us make sure we get the most from our gaming experience (I certainly don't have the time to play a game like FFIX more than once, so I want to squeeze everything out of it the first - and only - time I play it) but we don't want them to tell us so much that the experience of playing the game becomes a boring, rote exercise in walking off the instructions in the book.
In this respect, the last few FF games have come with terrific guides, and this one is no exception. The guide does a fine job of balancing letting the reader know what to do with not spoiling what's going to happen.
Unfortunately, the PlayOnline model is easily the most annoying "innovation" I have yet to come across in a strategy guide. I'm sure it seemed like a good idea when someone suggested it during the book's production, but I am sick to death of having to get up from my chair and walk to my computer (in another room, and which I must leave logged on whenever I play) every time something important is coming up because the crucial detail I need to maximize my gameplay is always on the web site. Furthermore, the side quests are not in the book and the book is far less useful than it's predecessor at letting me know when I should (or must) do them.
The bestiary and walkthroughs (including the web portions) are marvelous and thorough. The images and layout are gorgeous. The balance between spoiling the plot and assisting the reader in making the most of the game is all but perfect. But I have come to well and truly hate this book because the PlayOnline component is so utterly annoying.
Buy it if you need a guide (and you do). Just make sure to let the publishers know that we really hope they just put all the stuff we need between the pages of the guide for FFX.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Internet for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: John R. Levine, Margaret Levine Young, Carol Baroudi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
did somebody say helpful?!

If i had to pick just one word to describe how i feel about this book i would choose totally freakin awesome, but if i were able to choose several words (which i am!) i would choose the following.....

This book changed my life. Before i read this book i didn't even know what an internet was, let alone how to get one into my room! But now i know so much more about internets than almost everyone i know, except my cousin rick, who actually works at the internet (the main one). Before i read this book i thought the world wide web was something that spiders did, but now i know its so much more then a stupid place where insects live. Its where eBay keeps its stuff, its where Jeeves lives, its where my uncle rudy sells his zebra art, its where i bought chuck norris's autobiography and my hilarious weird al calender! (http://www.cafepress.com/weirdalstar/390437)
So buy this book and you can learn how to get a real internet, and stop wasting all your time trying to build one yourself out of old appliances and pictures cut out of magazines (trust me it wont work,i spent a whole summer trying!). And who knows, one day maybe you will even get a job at the internet, hey somebody has to sweep the floors! Hahahaha! (just kidding, they have robots for that!). See you at the internet!