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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy VIII Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Not perfect, but quite good overall

its a great game. i spent hours and hours playing. and i think all will agree, beat the game, beat it without any help, but then beat it again. this time with the book. for you will find a whole new adventure that is literaly impossible with out the book. from cards to gfs to hidden items, there is absolutely no way to accomplish everything in the game without this guide.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows XP For Dummies, 2nd Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Andy Rathbone
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Another Great Book from the 'Dummies' Seires

A better title for this book would be "Any Windows for Dummies". I bought this book because I am new to XP. Some of the reviews including one from an "IT" person stated that there was good information on XP specifically.
I found it to cover a lot of basic information on how to use Windows such as "start" button, icons, and control panel. Another example is the Networking chapter which in essence says "use the network wizard" and little else. It is well-written and methodical in its presentation of the subject but the subject matter is very basic. If you are an end-user that is comfortable with any version of Windows from 3.1 on, you will likely be unhappy with this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CSS Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly))
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Eric Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Another keeper to add to my programming book shelf...

(note: this review is for the 2ND edition of the book...)

I just found a new book that I'll get to wear out really quickly. It's the CSS Pocket Reference (2nd edition) by Eric A. Meyer (O'Reilly). As with all O'Reilly Pocket References, it's just the core information formatted so you can find it quickly for reference.

Chapter Breakout: Adding Styles to HTML and XHTML; Rule Structure; Style Precedence; Element Classification; Element Display Roles; Basic Visual Layout; Floating Rules; Positioning Rules; Table Layout; Values; Selectors; Pseudo-Classes and Pseudo-Elements; Property Reference; Tables; Paged Media; Dropped From CSS2.1; Visual Styles; Paged Media; Aural Styles; Index

For all the Amazon reviewers complaining about this book not being up-to-date... You need to get the 2nd edition. It's got the latest on what you need.

Now, this is not a training manual or something you're going to be able to use to pick up CSS. Rather, like all Pocket Guides, it's the distilled essence of the reference material that you need on a daily basis. Rather than dig through a large book looking for stuff, you can use the pocket guide to get the answer quickly. I'm at the stage in my CSS learning where I understand what I can and can't do, but I don't always know the exact syntax or options available to me in a particular parameter. I've grown quite fond of the larger CSS book from Meyer and O'Reilly, and in fact I've memorized certain page numbers that I continually go back to. This pocket reference will replace much of the wear and tear on that book, and allow me to save it for when I need explanations on concepts.

Another keeper to add to my programming bookshelf...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good coverage.

This book covers a lot of the nitty-gritty whereas other books skim over everything in as little detail as possible. Granted I was looking for a C# book, but this will suffice until a good C# book comes out. And to the guy who said C# was the official language, why then is the default Page Language VB? Yes, Microsoft will provide most documentation in C#, but they're so interchangeable with classes and data types, it really doesn't matter.