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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Overrated somewhat dated book of great historical importance

This book is of immense historical importance. The author is brilliant and influential. Still I do prefer Bertrand Meyer, Meilir Page Jones and Martin Fowler. They are much clearer and to the point.
It is difficult to fairly judge this book. So many of the ideas are now commonplace that it is hard to see the unique points of the author. Clearly the Booch notation is unique. But this notation is now also a problem. It is superseded by UML. It is also difficult to figure out the authors' unique point, because this book is filled with myriads of citations. Some of the cited works I know quite well and strangely enough reading Booches version of their work makes their special appeal disappear.

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
Really a good guide.

I couldnt have beat the game without the book. Granted I did look ahead the first time and found out aeris was gonna die that spoiled it for me. And there were some typos. but it really helped me wit the game. So i cant complain.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Core Requirements, Exams 70-290, 70-291, 70-293, 70-294
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Zacler. Craig, J.C. MacKin, Ian McLean, Microsoft Corporation, Dan Holme, Orin Thomas
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
MS Press don't want you pass at all

Like all the other books from MS Press, they do their best to let you fail the exam. The topic covered in the book usually not well balanced or deep enough to gain knowledge.
Buy some publishedr book which is well target for certificate exam.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Laura Lemay, Richard Colburn, Robert Kiesling
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best programming language tutorial I have ever used.

The first book which I bought to try to learn Perl was a needlessly high hurdle to jump: Programming Perl, by Larry Wall (the inventor of the language). While I wouldn't go so far as to regret the purchase, Wall seems more interested in demonstrating whatever cute, obscure trick jumps into his mind at the moment, than in giving the reader a systematic grounding in the language. It isn't what one new to Perl needs-- especially being, as it is, a language with so many inelegancies and side-effects.
Then I bought and studied this book by Till, whose patient pedagogy allowed me to find my feet. I think, in fact, that Till is too humble. If one really sat at the computer and concentrated on the book for several hours a day, as he plans, one could learn what he teaches in no more than seven days. In my experience, it is also practical as a reference later, within the scope of the basic topics covered. Of course it is not exhaustive; but holding that against it is about like criticizing Euclid for not discussing calculus.
Now I can go back to Wall's book with some hope of appreciating what he says this time.