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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Crystal Reports 9
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Cate McCoy, Gord Maric
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I wanted to learn Crystal Reports 9 and this was excellent

This has to be the worst title I have picked up in a while. The author rambles on and on and on about things that have nothing to do with Crystal Reports. Endless filler material here with sample code that looks like it came straight from the Crystal web site. In terms of report design and use, Crystal: The Complete Reference (Peck) is a much better book and I wish I could swap this one for it!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Concepts
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Cay Horstmann
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
This isn't a bad book

I read this book in a bookstore, so this isn't based on deep experience with it. What I liked about it was that it was a programming primer that used Java as its example language. I was looking for just such a book so my wife could learn programming. 99.9% of all Java books assume the reader can already program in some other language. Unfortunately this book is FAR TOO EXPENSIVE for me to justify buying it myself.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL Queries for Mere Mortals: A Hands-On Guide to Data Manipulation in SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michael J. Hernandez, John L. Viescas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Reads easy, MCSE's the info you NEED about SQL is right here. Read this book before any and all other sql primers. Thank you Michael J. Hernandez and John L. Viescas.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
This book is horriable

This is a decent guide to Final Fantasy 7, but it misses quite a lot. In a game as big as FF7, there is a lot to potentially miss. This book also spoils a lot of the game with the pictures. If you want a book that doesn't spoil the game, and picks up a lot of what this one missed, hunt down the guide from Versus Books. That guide has things like the enemy skills, which are barely mentioned in the 'official' book.