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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
Atrocity. No other word will suffice.


I bought this guide back when the game was new, so there may have been revisions since then. However, the guide currently decaying in a box in my basement deserves its fate and then some. Filled with inaccuracies, anyone who accomplishes anything using this guide must have some sort of guardian angel, either that or they're an idiot savant. With such strong feelings, I'm afraid I only remember a few specific examples: the entire bestiary seemed to have been formed by hitting the keyboard until they met their quota, and yet it remains incomplete; monsters with the wrong pictures, or no picture at all; misnamed materia listed with a multitude of inaccurate information. There are many more things that are wrong with this guide, but just writing about this thing is making me mad, so I think I'll stop.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Microsoft ASP.NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dino Esposito
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good Tech. but not a good presentation and tough langauge


Its good to know the underpinnings of any technology. But my sincere suggesstion to Dino would be to consider making the presentation technique an interesting one with a complete practical exapmle for any future books he writes or perhaps a revised edition of the same book . As of now all examples are unrealistic and also just bits and pieces. Examples could be more realistic and complete, that can be applied to a more practical scenario. Even a technical description, if it goes with a good and fairly simple example that can be applied to a practical scenario, it would make the book a great success and will make more people read. To say the truth, I use this book just to glance through when I have doubts but the title means that you can use it to learn ASP.NET. Because of the language, presentation and examples used, I dont get motivated to read it continuously. But the teachnical stuff is really good. Its just the language, presentation and examples needs to be refined and improved. In general, a useful book for ASP.NET if anyone wants to get a in depth knowledge of ASP.NET.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you care about "good-quality" - buy this book!


Eckel is as thorough in his Java as in his playful English. I don't like the books which just go on and on telling about what is there. This is the book the way book should be written - starting with 'why's first. Why I need such a feature? Once you appreciate the reasoning, it is easy to remain motivated.
All in all, a GREAT book!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Resource Kit (Pro - Resource Kit)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Bill English
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
I suggest a pass


SharePoint as a technology is a tremendous product. This book, however, does not come close to doing it justice. I found the verbiage to be incoherent in various places, and occasionally terms were simply never defined. Further, at one point the author says "At the time we had to go to press with this chapter, the information on how to use Microsoft SharePoint Server 2003 extranets was in the beta stages of being written"... When I purchased this book about SharePoint products and technologies, I assumed the author would be able to write about SharePoint portal server 2003 without requiring other authors to pave the way. In short, this book seems to be a repurposing of information from other sources in a pell-mell fashion. Consequently I cannot recommend it.