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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Official eBay Bible
Publisher: Gotham
Authors: Jim "Griff" Griffith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
eBayers!! You need this book!!!


What an excellent guide for new people! Someone lacking an entire brain could list an auction without asking a single question and even be able to help a buyer if the transaction takes a bad turn. Learned a few things myself and I'm a veteran seller. Should be on every eBayers bookshelf. Outstanding!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming .NET Components
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Juval Lowy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I'd give it a TEN but they won't let me!


This is the best book I've ever read in this industry. If you are doing .NET, want to learn from where Microsoft leaves off, and have more than a couple of years experience just buy it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: God of War (with DVD) : Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Official Game Guides)
Publisher: Prima Games
Authors: Kaizen Media Group
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Incredible Guide.


Let me start off by saying I'm a much bigger fan of the Brady Games guides than the Prima guides. They just seem to be more complete and exhaustive in every detail about the game they cover. However, the God of War guide is the first by Prima to surpass anything Brady has to offer. It contains everything you want to know about the game - basics, strategies, maps, walkthroughs, secrets, and unlockable art work from the game. The guide is easily as thick as any of my Brady game guides, including those for RPG's.
However, this is only the beginning. The guide comes with an interactive DVD guide that actually shows walkthroughs through every level of the game, including strategies on how to beat tough enemies and bosses. Also included are trailers for the game, clips on how cut scenes were made, and a behind the scenes look and Sony Computer Entertainment of America. Overall, I would say this is the best game guide I have ever bought, and I would recommend it for anyone looking for help with God of War, or a behind the scenes look at how the game was made.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX Professional 2004 for Server Geeks
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Nate Weiss
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book for ANY programmer


As a programmer for 20+ years, I have known the value of flash/action script, but had been unable to actually make anything happen every time I tried to do something in Flash. Nate's book uses a very thoughtful approach to guiding the user through an intelligent process. He jumps right in, in the beginning, getting you buiilding something fast, so you can value the environment and see just how easy it can be when you know how. Then, he walks you through action script techniques, demonstating the power of integrating object-oriented programming via a compiled, web-accessed language. The examples on how to connect to data servers were superb and really focussed on doing what makes sense, rather than just going with the newest technology. He wraps up with good session-variable and form integration/validation techniques. The approach this book uses makes sense for the learner, while becoming an excellent reference when finished.
I bought this book after sitting through a macromedia demo showing how I could make a whole 'web site' in flash without any action scripting whatsoever. I was amazed and intrigued and immedaitely bought flash mx 2004 pro. Then I tried to use it and just couldn't make it do the magical thing the macromedia guy had done. I saw the power, but couldn't master the art.
I expected this book to be all about how to use mx 2004 pro's screens and web services connectors. As I first started reading, I was initially disapointed because I thouht the book was just a flash mx 2004 (not pro) renamed to catch the reader's eye. After getting into the book, I am THOROUGHLY glad that Nate used the approach he did! He explains that the new screens and components have value, but do not negate the value of many, many other tools within flash. Seeing the big picture will truly enable me to build quality apps while utilizing a variety of resources within flash.
In conclusion, I am VERY, VERY pleased with this book's honest, experienced approach to making flash a practical and effective tool in developing Rich Internet Apps.