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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A very helpful , nicely put together guide w\ some flaws


First I like to say this is a must have book if you're a hard core gamer and want to get the most out of the game. So why 4 stars you ask, well for the simple fact that the book is flawed in some areas. Like for instance the map for the Gi cave. The map shows the entrance into the Gi cave to be on top with a #2 well this is #1 the entrance\exit to cosmo canyon from the Gi cave not the entrance to the main cave at the bottom that goes to the real #2. I sat there for five minutes trying to figure out how to climb up, when in fact I was supposed to be climbing down. Yes this is a slap myself upside the head an say duh moment, but a book flaw none the less. Another minor flaw I noticed was that the Gi spector was listed twice in the monster list. The next one is not really a flaw but a left out secret I stumbled onto accidently. In the Gaea Cliffs the book leaves out what I think is the best accessory in the game, and that is the ribbon, which I found by accident while going through the caves of the Gaea Cliffs. And the only other ribbon you will be able to get in the game until the last cd, where you can morph a Master Tonberry into one. But for some reason this is totally missing from the book, even the hidden area in where to find it. Another thing I noticed were alot of the monster morphs were missing as well, especially morphs to get magic source, and mind source, and ribbons, etc etc... I have to say one thing "thank God for the internet". My suggestion is, get the book it'll show what you can't get in a written walkthrough on the net, which is pretty well made maps and item placement, and also tells you pratically everything you need to know, despite the flaws and a few missing items and details. And if your a really hard core gamer, and like maxing out your characters, and don't mind wasting your time doing so, or just plain don't have a life like myself, go on the internet and find a monster morph list, and a secret missing items list for a extra reference to the book, and play your heart out.
hint: For monster morphs, use a monster morph list from the net, and then find the picture of the monster your looking for in the list in the back of this book, so you will know what the monster you want to morph looks like.
Peace out.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows XP For Dummies, 2nd Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Andy Rathbone
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Another Great Book from the 'Dummies' Seires


A better title for this book would be "Any Windows for Dummies". I bought this book because I am new to XP. Some of the reviews including one from an "IT" person stated that there was good information on XP specifically.
I found it to cover a lot of basic information on how to use Windows such as "start" button, icons, and control panel. Another example is the Networking chapter which in essence says "use the network wizard" and little else. It is well-written and methodical in its presentation of the subject but the subject matter is very basic. If you are an end-user that is comfortable with any version of Windows from 3.1 on, you will likely be unhappy with this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT : Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
XSLT in a real project


On a contract with a deadline, I made a technology gamble on XSLT. Off to the bookshop, back with an armload for some serious self-ed. Kay's is the book (of half a dozen similar) that got used, for learning, as a style-guide and as a technical reference. Some of the other books were interesting, but Kay's was both everything required and the only thing required.
We hit the deadline and exceeded all expectations with a superset of the specified functionality. The book was pivotal in our mastery of this technology, though I do like to think native talent helped. Loathe to part with a treasure (bought on corporate Diners, therefore part of company library) I put hand in pocket for my own copy. It's that good.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming .NET Components
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Juval Lowy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Juval Lowy is wonderful


This is a must have book. Although it doesn't talk about component oriented programming, it gives lots of details of .net internals.
If you are mid-senior level programmer you must have this book.