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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX ActionScripting: Advanced Training from the Source
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Derek Franklin, Jobe Makar
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book!

This book arrived by post at 06.57 in the morning - by late in the evening, I'd read through all 606 pages of it. I couldn't put it down. It is the most comprehensive book on ActionScripting I've ever seen and very easy to read. Best of all, for my money, is the fact that it fills in gaps which other books seem to leave uncovered. As a very general example, it explains things like 'levels' in a way in which it is very easy to understand, whereas I have other books which go 90% of the way, but which leave some tiny doubt as to the exact ramifications inherent in the usage.The book is thorough in its treatment of every topic upon which it touches - and it touches many of them! It also covers pretty well all the new features of Flash MX: text objects, listeners, improved object orientation etc. and makes topics such as prototyping and how/why it is used, simple enough for anyone to understand. The book assumes no real prior knowledge of ActionScripting, or even programming in any form. What it does assume and quite rightly so, is a reasonable grasp of Flash itself. Had it not done so, it would not have been able to squeeze so much information into its 600-odd pages.In short - this is a great book and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in getting to grips with the more in-depth aspects of Flash MX. Well done, Derek and Jobe!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent guide, very few, if any, faults.

Tha guide was great! I especially liked the secrets portion of the book. They covered everything from the Chocobos to Materia Locations. The only bad part, if you can even call it bad, was that it didn't give a recomended level for the current and up-coming missions. This also left me guessing whenever I encountered a boss. But overall the guide was great.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PC Hardware in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman Thompson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Worth the price

Overall, the book was worth the price. While much of the technical information about the hardware and architecture are available in other books, the case studies are unique to this book.
One thing I did not like was the MS-Windows centric view in designing the systems. Many of the readers who are going to bother building their own PC are going to be GNU/Linux users (like me.) It is apparent from the first chapter that the author is NOT anti-Linux, nor is he ignorant about its potential. I just would have liked to see more OS-neutrality throughout the book.
My approach to recycling PC hardware is just the opposite to the author's: When I build myself a 'bigger and better' PC, I load it with GNU/Linux and recycle the old one for my four-year-old son with MS-Windows 95. The only reason I do that is solely for the learning games that he has.
Other than that one complaint, I say again, this book is well worth the price.
Good job.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Firewalls (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Robert Ziegler
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent book - well worth the read!

As a System Administrator who is trying to add new skills to his resume, and a home cablemodem user who wants to protect his private network from hackers on the Internet, I have found Mr. Ziegler's book, "Linux Firewalls", to be excellent, as I have also found his website to be. I read his book, cover to cover, within 24 hours of it's purchase (no small feat). Most informative!
It takes an honored place on my bookshelf, next to my other firewall bibles (Chapman & Zwicky's "Building Internet Firewalls" and Cheswick & Bellovin's "Firewalls and Internet Security : Repelling the Wily Hacker").