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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jesse James Garrett
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Garret's book is an exceptionally clear and concise outline of the structure of a website or application, with clear hooks onto which a development workflow can map. This book is simple enough for an introductory course, or to give to a colleague, but rich enough to re-orient a seasoned designed. A very useful contribution to our field.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy IX Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Sometimes it's Helpful

I beat FFIX without the guide. I picked up the guide in a Blockbuster store to see if I missed any major game elements.
I'm actually happy that I didn't beat the game with this guide, otherwise I would have made a major mistake. There are advertisements that are littered throughout the guide (i.e. The book says that you can unlock a secret weapon in the game, then there's a little sidenote that says "Refer to Playonline.com for details!"), and it happens on every page. Finally, when you try to go to Playonline.com, you have to become a memeber first. Sigh. I looked at the final battle's description, and it didn't say much about how to beat it (luckily, I beat it without a guide). Overall, it's a reasonable book, but you may be better off just figuring things out on your own.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Ace the IT Resume!
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Paula Moreira, Robyn Thorpe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Get this book if you want the ultimate edge.......

After following the advice from this book, I went on to secure what I now consider to be my ultimate job. Being fine-tuned for the I.T. industry, it easily surpasses the advice from any other resume or career-oriented book. Consider it a worthy investment in your future, the returns far surpass the purchase price.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Not for the faint-hearted, but a must read.

Anyone seriously interested in the subject matter of this book should also take a look at Pattern Oriented Software Architecture: A System of Patterns by Frank Buschmann et al.