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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
VERY HELPFUL!!!!!!


Each time I look through this guide, I see more problems. Okay, first of all, I haven't seen the one from VERSUS BOOKS, but I've heard its in the same format, only organized. Anyway, this guide is okay. You won't really need this guide, the game is easy enough to master without it. The only thing you would really need this for, is to get the special Chocobos. The secrets? What secrets? It tells you all the side quests and how to get the two hidden characters, but what "secrets" are there? They don't tell you how to get the "Final Attack" materia. It says you get it from a chocobo race, but that isn't true. You get it after entering a special battle in the battle arena. The Bestiary is all screwed up. They don't tell you all the attacks, and not always what to steal. They don't give you an enemy skills list, and so they do not tell you all the enemy skills. What's worse? Okay, I don't mind the plot being spoiled and all, but I do like to expeirience the plot for myself, and with this guide I couldn't do that. They told every thing that was going to happen, and had a ton of screenshots showing it all. They give off a bunch of HUGE spoilers.
Okay, the walkthrough isn't very well organized, and so I took more time reading the walkthrough then playing the game trying to find what I needed to know. I'm not one to use a guide a lot, and I wanted to master this game the first time I went through. Luckily all I have left is the Ruby Weapon. But this guide left me figuring out all the side quests by myself.
Well, there are a ton of good points. The boss strategies are nice, but its better to use your own. (as I've mentioned millions of times!) They tell you things like to cast barrier and stuff like that. The walkthrough covers the whole game. The bestiary has most of the enemies, but not all of them. But the enemies it does have, it tells you their weaknesses and what they're strong against. But I hate looking for all the color codes and symbols just to figure it out.
Overall this was a good guide, but you really don't need it much. Most of this stuff you can figure out on your own.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learn to Program with Java
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: John Smiley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Learn Java the easy way


Read the entire book in five days. I am an experienced programmer and have been using other books to complete my Java skills (taking the certification exam shortly). And all I can really tell you is that Professor Smiley should continue to publishing because he really knows how to teach. Many authors, for example Ivor Horton, know the language they are trying to teach but loose something in the attempt. John Smiley, on the other hand, knows how to teach the topic so that anyone with any motivation can learn the subject matter. You will not find a better text to teach you programming and the Java language. I personally have read Beginning Java 2 by Horton and the Core Java and neither book makes the subject matter as accessible as Learn to Program with Java. I hope the Professor Smily considers writing an advanced Text for Java.
Of course somewhere along the line someone will tell you that the book is not in depth enough. Although, they are correct in saying that it is not the definitive guide to Java programming it's not meant to be. You will learn how to program using this book and you will learn enough of the core language that will lead you to more advanced topics. Lets just hope that John Smiley considers writing an advanced book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent guide, very few, if any, faults.


Tha guide was great! I especially liked the secrets portion of the book. They covered everything from the Chocobos to Materia Locations. The only bad part, if you can even call it bad, was that it didn't give a recomended level for the current and up-coming missions. This also left me guessing whenever I encountered a boss. But overall the guide was great.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: WebLogic: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jon Mountjoy
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Regarding JMS redelivery


In chapter 8 author wrote a note: Even with container managed transaction in MDBs there may be message redelivery .The Cause - was pointed out as possible server crash. But why was important point that onMessage exceeding transaction-timeout also causes message redelivery left out?? Topics lack depth.. Things like what happens when <trans-timeout-seconds> is exceeded in MDB, stateless EJB etc is not written crisp and straight.. Didn't like anything much including clustering, JVM tuning etc.. What I expect is - that which is not there in weblogic documentations.. Something extra is needed based on extensive author experience.
Go for book like "BEA Weblogic Server 7.0 deployment and Administration"- Aaron Mulder- Wrox.