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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Visual C++ 6
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Ivor Horton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very similar to Beginning Visual C++ 5 from same author.

Up to chapter 12 is very good for beginners( As book title says). But when MFC is introduced with one big example which spans over five chapters, I am already confused with its complexity. It would be better if short many examples were used to build a window with MFC. After all, book's title is "Beginning...", which sounds to me "Beginners...", but the chapter 13 thru 18( very important part of C++) weren't for beginners at all eventhough the author did very good detailed writing.

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
Good, at least as best as you can get...

This is a GREAT guide. it tells you everything without going to playonline.com. Of course, there are a few flaws, but we're only human and there are 200 some pages in the book. One thing the book does is not spoil the ending, and is very detailed, with the exeption of a few things. It is well worth the money unlike the FF9 guide which refers you to a website all the time. So, if you are the person that has looked at strategy guides before, this should be a treat, oh and don't buy the FF9 guide. Good Luck.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Typcial O'Reilly

I purchased the Netscape One Developer's Guide thinking it would provide answers to my Javascript questions - it answered very few, unfortunately. The 'Guide' doesn't begin to approach the ease of use, thoroughness or amount of information contained in "Javascript: The Definitive Guide". Javascript is as completely covered as it can be (with the free-flowing nature of WWW specifications, its hard to keep track of all the changes). I found the descriptions and examples informative, clear and concise and kinda fun sometimes. The layed back nature of the writing won't scare off novice coders/web developers and yet doesn't turn off more advanced developers. The book is cut in half - the first provides an introduction into Javascript and discusses its more important subjects while the second is a complete reference section for Javascript 1.2. It specifically treats the differences between Netscape and Internet Explorer whereas the Netscape One guide left that up to the reader to figure out - an oversight which relegates the Netscape One Developer's Handbook to the dusty bookshelf (way in the back). If you're doing web development and need to use Javascript - this is probably the only book you'll need. If you're doing web development and you're not using Javascript - you NEED this book - it will show you what you can do with simple client-side scripts.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Encyclopedia Object Orientica

This book is clearly intended more for use as a reference than a programming "HOW TO" text. The code samples are extremely trivial, incomplete, and written in a C++-like format. The authors avoided trying to be too language specific. This is by design. After all, object oriented programming can arguably be done in any language.
The point of this book is to describe common programming problems and object oriented designs that solve these problems. The idea is to get you to think object oriented and take advantage of well understood problems and associated design solutions, rather than tell you how to program. If you are looking to this book as a programming tutorial look elsewhere as this is definitely a book for people who understand OOD and how to implement OO designs.
I use this book as a reference, a sort of encyclopedia of ideas, to assist with design. I find that I rarely use a pattern as it is written in the book, but instead use a stripped down or altered version of the pattern. In short this book is a great source of design inspiration, but should be treated as more theory than fact.
My only complaint is the writing style is poorly structured and very boring making it a tough read.