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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: .NET and COM: The Complete Interoperability Guide
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Adam Nathan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Best


As our company faced the daunting task involved with moving to the .net environment and getting it to work with com we felt challenged, to say the least. Mr. Nathan's book was essential to guiding us thru the forest.
Thank you Mr. Nathan for a great book :)



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cocoa(R) Programming for Mac(R) OS X (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Aaron Hillegass
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Eclipses the O'Reilly Books


I have purchased and read all of the books on Cocoa that are currently on the market and consider this the best. Aaron's background with Next and Apple is evident as he guides the reader through a well thought series of explanations and examples that build throughout the book. After reading the book I signed up and took Aaron's course on Cocoa at the Big Nerd ranch which is also highly recommended. The coding and teaching style of the book is more object oriented and cleaner than some of the examples in other Cocoa books that I have read. This book will allow someone with basic programming skills to come up to speed on one of the most significant programming environments that is available. Buy the book and then take the class!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy X-2 Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Could have been more helpful


I personally bought this strategy guide and used it to help me throughout the game. It gives you an in-depth walkthrough and a 100% completion guide that is very helpful. The other good thing about the guide is the in-depth coverage of the mini-games. From the Calm Lands games to Blitzball to Gunner's Gauntlet and others, this guide covers them all. Well most of them at least. It has it's flaws. Here are my problems with the guide:
Some parts are missing. I personally am one of the people who likes to play a FF game and beat the hardest bosses and get all the best items/accessories. The problem is that there's NO info on how to get each garment grid. I found myself having to go to various sites on the net to find this info (the whole reason I bought the guide was so that I wouldn't have to go on the internet for help).
Accessories - The guide tells you the name of each accessory, the sale price, and all of its effects. The problem is that it doesn't tell you where and how to get each one. When I pay $14 for a guide then I expect it to be worth it.
Garment Grids - At the front of the guide there's a diagram of each garment grid and it explains all of its effects. The problem is the same as the one with the accessories. It doesn't tell you where to get them. For example, the guide doesn't tell you where or how to get "The End" Garment Grid which is one of the best in the game. I went through the game using this guide and got all the ones covered in the walkthrough and still found myself missing several of them.
Via Infinito - For this extremely challenging dungeon the strategy guide simply tells you to be Lv 99 and have at least 9000 HP. It doesn't give you ANY sort of strategy whatsoever for the difficult bosses that you will have to face in this dungeon. Each level of the dungeon is a puzzle and the guide doesn't even touch on how to solve them. Neither does it tell you what items and accessories can be acquired in this area(including the incredible Iron Duke accessory). The poor coverage of Via Infinito led me to believe that the guy who wrote this guide didn't even beat it himself.
Overall I don't recommend you buy this guide unless you only want to beat the game and not get everything. If you want to do everything in the game then you would be better off going to gamefaqs.com for a guide. Also if you don't have a reliable internet connection then you should buy this guide. I only bought it because I didn't want to have to run back and forth to my PC while I was playing the game. Other than that don't get it, it's not worth $14.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: AutoCAD 2000: No Experience Required
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: David Frey
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent for someone with no CAD/Drafting experience


I went through the first 6 chapters in a period of 2 1/2 days and I learned a great deal very quickly. He at times can be repetitive but his explanations will make you understand the concept the first time around. I'm usually not the type of person to comment on a book but I feel like I owe the author at least this. This book is definetly well worth the 25 bucks--more than that, really.
If you don't know squat about CAD, this book is, without a doubt, for you.