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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy VIII Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It Is A good Guide

It is a great guide if you really intend on passing the game and getting the full experience and actually enjoying it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Jakarta Struts, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Cavaness
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Difficult to understand

I know enough about jsp's and servlets to get them working, i feel that should be enough to start learning struts. This book's chapter's 1 and 2 focus on the benefits of using a MVC design and even though i KNOW what it is, this book explained it in a way that was extremely difficult to understand. They put so much market speak and irrelevant points in the first 2 chapters i was forced to skip them because I wasn't getting anything out of them.

After that I got a little use out of this book. It does explain about the flow of control in a struts application. But I still feel like they could have done a much better job at explaining that.

And the part that annoys me the most is the tag library section. They intentionally skip the majority of the tags struts provides. It doesn't even explain how to use the <html:link tag! Is this a struts book or not? Sheesh...

I must give it 2 stars instead of 1 because I'll admit i do know struts better after reading this book. But I still don't know it well enough to set up my own struts application without helping the expert next door in my office ><

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Looking for a good reference book?

I'm glad that I was able to check this book out of my local library before buying it based on the glowing reports I'd seen of it. I'm not an HTML expert, but not a complete beginner either, and I found the general tone of the book to be too pedantic. Methinks the author protests too much (and again, and again..) about not trying to exactly control the layout of pages with HTML. To the author's credit, the book *is* a very complete reference and I did learn some things that I hadn't known about before. However, it's not the first book that I would buy on the subject, mainly due to the lack of examples and the fact that there are better books out there.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How to Do Everything with Adobe® Acrobat® 6.0 (Windows)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Doug Sahlin
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Save yourself $17

Instead of buying this book you can do the following:

1. Open up Adobe Acrobat on your computer
2. Choose Help from the menu_bar at the top of the screen
3. Select 'Complete Acrobat 6.0 Help...'
4. Look up what you need to know---as this book is no more useful than the Adobe Help Screen

Now wasn't that much easier, more informative, and a lot cheaper? Notice that, unlike most 5 star reviewers, I do not work for a publisher. Notice also the quick chronological succession of 5-star reviews (four of them between July 1 and September 15, 2003) followed later by negative reviews presented after other readers have had the time to truly analyze this [book].

Before you take the reviewer, `Midwest Book Review', seriously notice that he has written over twenty-thousand (20,000) 5-star book reviews! Naturally I am very skeptical of his 5-star review of this or any book. Check out Midwest Book Review's "See all my reviews" button.

If you have time, do a `People Search' looking up "midwest book review" (in quotations) and see not only how many alternative reviewer accounts he has but how many total 5-star reviews that Midwest has inserted.