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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
this is an okay guide

this guide had great maps but it was lacking in some areas...it would tell you to do this and that but when you go to the back of the book and read the side area section you find out you missed a very important item and that you can't go back and get it...the beastery was incomplete, it would tell you that you could not manipulate, morph or steal from something when you could... the guide did not even mention that every monster in the crashed gelinka could be morphed into a source of some kind... the accessory and materia lists where incomplete too they would tell you one place where the materia or item was located and make you think you missed it when you can get it some other way that it does not tell you. the only reason I gave it 3 stars was because of the maps and that the walk through can get you can get you through the game with the bare essetials...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

If anyone gives this <5 stars, well ! they should be the ones who created the servlets themselves. This book is top-of-the-line, beautifully written and so effective for practical use.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Study Guide, 4th Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: David Groth, Toby Skandier
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book but ....

I've seen so many people who are very happy with this book. I was NOT so enthused. I passed, like everybody else, but the book does NOT cover everything on the exam. I like the COMPTIA exams having done Server+ and Network+ now. I like the fact that they are BROAD, and try to ask questions from real life. Most books, including this one, are not broad enough to be able to handle this. It is pretty hard to try to cover Unix, Netware as well as all the rest of the networking stuff. Maybe because of the new test version I ran into this more than some of the first reviewers.
The book is well written, clear, etc, but I get the feeling it is only written to help you pass the test and lacks any passion to go further or give background. I'd rather they went a bit deeper here and there, explaining more background. I'd love to see more passion. However, if all you care about is passing the exam, this book is probably one of the top three out there.
There is also an error in the section on back ups. The DAT Aautoloader 24x6 is not meant to be used to exceed the max capacity of one tape per back up, it is only meant to make life easier in not having to remove the tape each morning. Think of the weekend!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual C# .NET Step by Step--Version 2003
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jon Jagger, John Sharp
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Guidebook

Granted, it probably helps if you're migrating from another language (like I was - from VB), but it's an excellent text which gives you plenty of background & extra information, then takes you into step-by-step exercises to reinforce what you just read. This methodology really worked for me, and I highly recommend this book. Initially, I was concerned that it was going to be literally just step-by-step instructions on how to use C# and Visual Studio .NET, but the information between the exercises, plus additional notes and best practices really helped me out with learning the language and some potential gotchas.