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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy VIII Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
The guide was good and did help but could have been better.

the guide is very basic and therefore helped. I like how it gives the objectives of each area. The maps were good and detailed but was annoying to keep turning back the the end of the book where they had the map section. I thought that each are map should have been in the same section of the book as hte area it corresponds with. Also the guide doesn't tell you exactly how to accomplish things, it does sometimes tell you the tricky stuff in each section but sometime it completely misses important parts to certain sections, but each section of the book can be very helpful. One thing I did like was the detailed analysis of each monster or enemy, especially bosses. Unfortunately the book sometimes had errors in typing, some errors threw me off and I died. In the main section they take boss information from the back and put it in the section of the walkthrough were you fight the boss. Yet, sometimes it took information from the wrong monster which is very troublesome. All-in-all the book is average, and I suggest that more thought be put into the format and layout of book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Managing Gigabytes: Compressing and Indexing Documents and Images
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Ian H. Witten, Ian H. Witten, Alistair Moffat, Timothy C. Bell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good introduction to searching/indexing in data.

MG gave a good introduction to the components of practical Information Retrieval (IR). You can clearly see that the authors have a genuine interest in the field! But, I would like some more theoretical analysis of the algorithms used(i.e. O-notation), and more focus on parallell implementations of IR systems. Another book related to the same area worth mentioning is "Modern Information Retrieval".

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Principles of Data Mining (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: David J. Hand, Heikki Mannila, Padhraic Smyth
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Poorly written book

I was very confused reading this book. It is not written for a beginner and neither is it written for an expert in data mining. That is, this book does not explain what its audience is. As a result I could not get what I was looking for. I am new to data mining and would have benefitted from an introductory book. I also feel that this book will be of little help to someone who has some knowledge of data mining.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Martin Fowler, Kent Beck, John Brant, William Opdyke, Don Roberts
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A book that is never closed

I have worked in IT for 10 years. This is the first book that I have referred to on a near daily basis. Much of what is contained in the book I either know instinctively or have learned through experience, however the author sums up perfectly what this book is about in the introduction.
'When I want to do something...the catalog reminds me how to do it in a safe, step-by-step manner'
Every programmer should have this book on their desk