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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Active Directory Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robbie Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
WOW! This is the book to buy!


Even if you can't afford eat for a few days, buy this book! I use this book as a reference just about everyday. Our admin scripts and admin sites have gone from 2 tools to 30 within a month. I now have more time to do fun projects instead of stupid repetitive tasks. I have 2 six foot bookshelves full of crappy books. This book is one of only three on my desk and it is always open. Thanks Robbie!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy IX Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not a REAL strategy guide!


A strategy guide is supposed to have every single detail about the game in it and this guide doesn't. I have just about every Final Fantasy strategy guide and the Final Fantasy IX guide is the only guide that doesn't have everything and I have to go online to find out things.

For the main game, just getting through the game, this guide is perfect. I was able to get through the entire game with only this guide. Then I wanted to do sidequests. That's where this guide fails miserably. The sidequests are only listed by name but it says to go to PlayOnline.com to find out what to do. I have played FFVII, FFVIII, FFX, and FFX-2 and have guides for all those from Bradygames and in every one of those guides, they really go into detail about every single sidequest and mini-game and I never had to check online.

I do not know why Bradygames went out of their way for every other guide but this one. I was really disappointed that for me to do the Chocobo treasure digging, I had to go to some site, print off a map of where all the chocographs, cracks and bubbles in the water were that should have been included in this Strategy Guide in the first place. FFVIII's guide had 2 maps in it, one for the towns and dungeons and the other for the Draw Points. That's what they needed in FFIX, 2 maps, one for the towns and dungeons and one for the chocograph and dead pepper locations. It's really too bad that the Bradygames company was the only company to put out a guide for this game.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Test Driven Development: By Example
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Kent Beck
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
From a Software Tester's Perspective


I enjoyed reading this book, however I must advise that non-coders will probably have difficulty in staying with it. I don't mean that as a put-down of any kind. It's obvious that the intended audience is the developer who is trying to understand the concept of test-driven development. A tester, however, would learn in this book that test-driven development uses tests that are different in nature and rigor than those commonly thought of as "unit tests."
I think Beck does a good job in explaining test-driven development in a way that is easy to understand. I still have some concerns about the nature of test-driven development, such as the emphasis on function over design. But I think Beck achieved a reasonable goal of presenting by example what test-driven development is all about.
The goal of test-driven development is a reasonable way to achieve "clean code that works - now." As a tester, I think the awareness of test-driven development is a good thing. I also think that this technique must be combined with other methods, such as getting quality requirements, verification and validation, to achieve a final result that meets the users' needs.
Readability - 4Coverage of topics - 5Depth of coverage - 5Credibility - 5Accuracy - 5Relevance to software quality - 5Overall - 5



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Microsoft ADO.NET (Core Reference)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: David Sceppa
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A reasonably well writen book on ADO.NET


Overall this book is a collection of various ADO.NET topics from the SDK and documentation. David Sceppa has managed to collect all the various topics and re-write them and simplify the subject. The book does flow well. Chapter 13 ties all the pieces of the technology together.
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