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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Crystal Reports(R) 9: The Complete Reference
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: George K Peck
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Has some good reference material, hard to locate.

I was fairly new to Crystal when I bought this book and I found it to have some good material for the intermediate user of Crystal, but the index is the most incomplete I have ever seen in a reference book. Every time I try to look up something that I KNOW I have previously read in the darn thing, it inevitably is not listed in the index and I have to go thumbing through the book to try to locate it. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes the help screens are much much better.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SQL Server(TM) 2000 DTS Step by Step (Step By Step (Microsoft))
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Carl Rabeler
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Too many "step by step"

I have gone through half the book.
The good part:Walks you through many areas step-by-step. Repeats steps in other excerises. You will learn a lot.
The bad part:The book doesn't teach you a process from the making of a connection to processing a cube. I need to Extact, Transform, & Load, and then process a cube. The book teaches ETL. Try another book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy VIII Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
David Cassady all the way~

This book is great! BradyGames has outdone them self with their leading FF Author David Cassady, I have the FF7 guide and it was more than I wanted. FF8 Brady Games guide go's to the Game Error and Mystic Side quests unlike Prima's Guide... Prima sucks! It only tells you how to beat the game!GET BRADY GAMES GUIDE FOR FF8! You get the Bestiary! Who cares turning Pages! It in not like you are that weak!Come on people give me a break!Just get this guide!Only 13 bucks!(plus shipping) or just go to you'r local Computer store!(i hope amazon doesn't sue me for telling people to go to a local computer store than buying it from amazon! This is just a review!
Long Live SquareSoft!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Alison Balter's Mastering Microsoft Access 2000 Development
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Alison Balter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I Like this Book

I am new to Access development and am continually impressed by its power and range but also completed daunted by its complexity. Alison Balter's book Mastering MS Access 2000 Development has helped me bridge this gap between having ideas of what I want an application to do and then choosing the right Access methods and commands for putting those ideas into concrete developmental procedures that work. I have several Access help books and Alison's is first rate, both in style (easy to read), accuracy (I have not found any confusing typos that are real headaches when using code snippets), and thoroughness (nearly all aspects and features of Access are reviewed). I especially liked the format of introducing the features of Access briefly (with basics) and then following-up with another chapter on each feature with more advanced and complicated information.
All said and done, I would recommend this book to any beginning or intermediate Access programmer (and perhaps if I become an advanced Access programmer, even for them, as well).
David Sanders