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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

You have to love this book. Simply a must read for any .NET software developer. It does a fairly good job of staying language neutral, but you will get the most out of the book if you are comfortable with C#.
No other book I have read comes close to explaining the CLR in such a graspable way. There are six or seven different sections of the book I find myself pointing colleagues to everyday. One of the most overlooked, misunderstood and necessary topics has to be boxing and unboxing. This is explained extraordinarily well. I still find myself reading this section over, pleading with my brain to commit some of the trickery of the compiler to memory. Another favorite section is Chapter 11 - Events. Nobody could possibly read this chapter and not feel completely comfortable with designing a type that exposes an event. And then, the cherry on top, he walks you through explicitly controlling event registration... WOW! Great stuff.
This book is packed with all the core concepts you need to know to be a successful programmer. The longer you go without it, the more of injustice you do to yourselves and your clients.

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
Nice But...

Overall the guide has everything an new or even partially expirenced player will need to get through the game. The boss guides are excellent and the basic walkthrough gets you where you need to go, and explains of Materias Uses, so whats wrong with it?
Vets, after paying attention to the gameplay and the guide will realize some things wrong with it quite quickly. for example, the guide explains how youll encounter Master Tonberries with 8,000 hp, when they have 44,444. The book has no infomation on Movers (Red Balls) which are a useful gil collecters (30.000 each) + ap gainers. They can be found where the Magic Pots are. It dosent even have a "enemie skill" list. It also explains nothing about morphing master tonnberries (ribbon) Unknowns (sources) Cactuars (Tetra Elemental)
As you see the guide has many flaws, but is still a nice explanation of getting through the game, i honestly dont recommand it if you've past this great title before thoughLaterz

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security+ Study Guide and DVD Training System
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Robert J. Shimonski, Norris L. Johnson, Debra Littlejohn Shinder, Michael Cross, Tony Piltzecker, Jeremy Faircloth
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
No updates on website. Author not security+ certified

I would recommend this book along with the Exam Cram 2 book. The coverage of exam points was very detailed, and I remember several questions that seemed to be very close to word-for-word from the Syngess book (I am not suggesting foul play by any means). If you had to study from one source (I would not recommend doing so at all), this would be the book I would suggest.
If you also want some real-world coverage, this book does a good job with examples, etc.
Having said that, I found the DVD instructor-based training virually useless. I thought it would be great to have that extra, but the guy really does nothing but read the bold print, do a little explaining, and answer some obviously staged questions. Also, the practice exams from this book are not very good. I recommend the exams from Exam Cram 2.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Head First Java, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Aproach to Teaching I Have seen Yet.

Not much to say, except I hope O'Reilly realizes what they have here in these two authors . . . or at the very least, in this stile of writing/teaching. Can't wait to see what else O'Reilly releases in the "Head First" line.