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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ How to Program (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Choose a different book

I have just tried to learn C++ from many on line references and a few books and most of them fail to teach C++.
This is a text-book for a college C++ class and it is clearly aimed to teach you all the basics from Standard C++, not teach you the Win32 programming. Also, it is perfect for readers who want to learn C++ by them selves (like me). I admit that for a long time, learning C++ was a scary thought, but reading this book not also ended my fear like taught be C++.
Why does the authors start OOP explanations only after a few chapters? Well, first you need to understand the syntax. I knew C and Java, so the initial chapters simply gave me a good revision of the syntax and taught me a few more. The examplesare pretty good. The exercices are also presented in huge proportions, so readers can't complain about projects they could try to learn C++.
Pointers always scared me, now I know that it was due to writers who tried to make this subject a myth. And it is not.
Of course parts of the text might be redundant for some and new for others, so it is just a case of skipping a few lines.
My only complaint is that it does not cover MFC, but then I think the idea was to present the C++ standard, and the next the reader should choose which IDEs or Operation Systems to code.
And the price is really expensive.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy IX Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Should be called "Guide to PlayOnline"

The title should be a moot point, because you obviously have a computer if you are reading this. So, don't buy this! Why? The game is certainly hard and worthy of a few pointers here and there. But (and this is significant), this is the single most frustrating guide I've used. Here's a good example, let's say you want to get to the boss of Disc 1. The guide will do a good job of how to get to the boss, but then do you know what happens? It will say "for strategy to defeat this boss, go to PlayOnline!". This website is certainly comprehensive, and even more so than the $10 guide itself. The website is free and printable, so just spend 30 minutes printing out the walkthrough, and you will much better off than wasting your money on this guide. However, both have a major problem in that they contain major plot spoilers, so be warned. Awesome game, terrible guide.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop CS Down & Dirty Tricks
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
You really read the book and still gave it 5 stars?

After receiving this book, I can't believe what the positive reviewers are saying. It's like they are spouting jacket copy without having actually gone through the book carefully. I have to agree with the reviewers who say that these "tricks" aren't anything special. "Closely guarded secrets" my eye. The effects included in this book are tired and cliched, and easy to figure out from PREVIOUS manuals about Photoshop! What a waste of money. Mr. Kelby certainly is a shrewd businessman, but I've become more and more disenchanted with his books over the years. I also plan to return this, and probably won't buy any others in the future.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 for Dummies (for Windows)
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Wallace Wang
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great Foundation

This is a great book for the total beginner to Visual Basic. It assumes you know nothing. To the people that wrote stuff like "this book was ok, but it only had the basics" - then buy a book that wasn't intended for beginners! This was written for the TOTAL beginner, it starts at the bottom and explains things in a very simplistic fashion.