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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Practical Statecharts in C/C++: Quantum Programming for Embedded Systems with CDROM
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Miro Samek
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book and code

This book was a definite eye-opener for me with regard to state machines. I recently rewrote a major piece of code to utilize the Quantum Framework (included with the book) and it has worked wonders. My previous code used a more traditional state machine and had quickly evolved into spaghetti code. The hierarchical state machine approach made the new code smaller, more robust, and much easier to maintain and extend.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy X-2 Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Thank You

This guide is great. It tells you where all the garment grids are, where and how to play minigames(including blitzball). It also tells you the way to beat the game 100%. YOU NEED THIS FINAL FANTASY X-2 STRATEGY GUIDE WRITTEN BY DAN BIRLEW.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Covers all the main topics

For the experienced Java Programmer, this book provides all the information required to write your own servlet-based application.
Some people have complained that the examples don't compile (I wouldn't know because I didn't type them in), but the examples do illustrate very clearly the concepts being explained, and enable an experienced programmer to quickly write their own code using the examples as a basis.
The chapters on session tracking, security, JDBC were good, as were the numerous performance enhancing tips littered throughout the book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning the Korn Shell (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Bill Rosenblatt, Arnold Robbins
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Quick and concise intro to Korn Shell

Korn shell is a Unix shell environment that really comes in handy in most Unix machines, because it provides a flexible and powerful alternative to regular Bourne Shell. This excludes Linux, which uses Bourne Again Shell (bash). Professional IT people who want to work in such Unix environments as Solaris and AIX should definitely take the time to read this book.
I really enjoyed how this book covers every aspect of Korn Shell, from setting up your environment files, to writing complex scripts. Most books cover how to program in Korn Shell, but if you can't work in the Korn Shell environment, then it is not easy.
I have read both the first and second edition, and I liked first edition alot, but it suffered from some terse examples, and really expected you to be a C programmer. The second edition is a major improvement, in that it has richer examples, and provides better explanations of Korn Shell concepts.
In summary, I highly recommend this book for people who want to work in Unix environments (again excluding Linux), particularly IT professionals. This book provides a very comprehensive guide to a very useful tool. Enjoy!