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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning JavaScript Second Edition
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Paul Wilton
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Not bad

Well another Wrox addition....
I got more than enough from this book to give me a good intro to JavaScript. There are a lot of exercises and tutorial work to do that is consistent with the concepts, probably what appeals to me most about Wrox books.
The first few intro chapters are REALLY dry and basic.. a veteran programmer can easily skip them over or cruise pretty quickly through them at least. But the more middle chapters are nice and meaty. The books discusion of Netscape vs IE is a bit outdated considering.. Most of that I just ignored. And I would steer clear of ever wanting to use expressions. It is a beginner book and rightfuly so. Many of the later chapters I just ignored and found I had it covered in other publications. Guess I'll be buy Pro books from now on from Wrox unless it's some language I've never used (like C#)..
But it's a good and I can say that I have found plenty of useful tips, and concepts and new ideas. And anything that helps me in my job is more than welcome. Definatly recommended

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself Visually HTML
Publisher: Visual
Authors: Ruth Maran
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book is fun!

This is a great book for the computer-challenged individual. If you need to see what to do as well as be told what to do, this book will fill your requirement. It is quite basic. Instructions are simple and clear. I bought this book so that I could learn to build a website (which my high-tech teen age son promised to teach me one year ago but for which he never found the time). Before I could even begin to get proficient with my HTML coding using this book, my 13-year-old daughter snatched up the book and taught herself how to do a web site. Now she's miles ahead of me!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy IX Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
I'd like to give this Guide a lower score....

Anyone who has engaged in the fine art of Final Fantasy mania has come to recognize the excellent strategy guides associated with the games. The guide for FF8 was absolutely incredible; it was packed with virtually every conceivable detail, from sidequest info to weapon creating info to the walktrhrough itself (which was excellent!). SInce the FF guides have such a distinguished history, we are left begging the question:why does the guide for FF9 suck so miserably? This guide is practically useless. Although it presents details of the game concerning weapons, armor and associated item and character abilities and does have a walkthrough, there is NOTHING here you need the guide to solve. This guide was created with a single purpose in mind:to get people to visit PlayOnline.com, which supposedly "boosts" the info in the guide. That's right, kids...if you want the REAL game insights and secrets, you have to go online to do it...oh but there IS a small problem...PlayOnline.com doesn't contain any FF9 info anymore! That's right! It's totally dedicated to the new FFXI expansion for online play. This means that if you are a retro player like myself, this guide isn't going to help you out one bit. Apparently, the publisher, Brady Games, thought we'd love to read a little blurb about some unrevelaed secret, then run to our computers and go to an online guide, which no longer exists. Excuse me, but doesn't that defeat the purpose of a hard copy guide? This guide is blind corporate thinkng at it's best. So do yourself a favor, my fellow FF fans:forget this guide, shoot over to Gamefaqs.com and print yourself out a REAL guide/walkthrough.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: David Pogue
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good overview but lacks depth

This book is big and covers a lot of territory. It does a very good job describing how to use OS X, the pre-installed applications, and keyboard shortcuts. By far the best parts of this books can be found in highlighted and 'tips' sections strewn throughout the text.

Unfortunately I found this book lacking in details. For example the Keychain feature, which is like a lock box for passwords and other confidential information, is only given ~3 pages. Because applications can query this information and there's no real analog in other systems, I feel that more text should have been devoted to this feature. Fortunately the NSA had the information I was looking for in their "Securing OS X" document.

Over all this book has everything most users would want to know. However, if like me you're looking to get under the hood this book won't get you there. This book gets 3.5 stars; it's not a replacement for a tech manual, it's verbose and yet still misses details.