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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
Good if your computer is next to your Playstation!

Unfortunately, this is a typical Brady Games guide, but with one major flaw. It only spoon-feeds you some information and if you want the rest, you have to go to the website to get it. This is perfect if your PC just happenes to be next to your Playstation. It's typical in that it spoils some of the storyline if you get close to the end.
Hopefully, someone will write an actual strategy guide that doesn't spoil anything yet give you the information you seek without going online.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Python, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Mark Lutz, David Ascher
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
You'll love Python

I debated whether I should write seven pages, footnoted, indexed, and full of examples on why you should not buy this book and choose to seek another source for learning Python. But if you're the type who would actually make it through all that to get to the main point, you might actually LIKE "Learning Python". I'd rather save you, the save-able, from experiencing the same pain that I am going through right now. So here is my one-word review: "Excruciating". I hope this has been helpful. By the way, Python is fantastic and is ironically everything that this book is not.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming C#, 4th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The perfect introduction to C# and .NET

It just doesn't get any better than this. The writing is first class, the examples are on point. The author teaches the fundamentals first, and then goes on to explore how to use the language to create .NET applications. He then teaches you advanced topics that are not covered in other books.
This book is great for Java and C++ and VB6 programmers because the author provides additional specific notes indicating similarities and differences to these languages. I have a friend who had no prior programming experience, and she found this book to be an excellent introduction to programming. As an experienced C++ programmer, however, I found plenty of substance and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
In addition to excellent writing and useful examples, the author supports the book on his web site and on his own discussion forum, and he has written follow on books both on web development and on Windows development.
I've read a number of books on C#, and this is by far the best written and the most comprehensive without being overwhelming.
When you finish this book, go get his book on Programming ASP.NET!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ How to Program (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book is absolutely perfect

This book is awsome... I don't understand why people don't like this book. It is so easy to understand. Everything is laid out perfect, so much information. Very good examples at the end of every chapter. This is the only book that really teahces you all the basics. I have read alot of c++ books and this book by far beats them all.