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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Algorithms, Second Edition
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, Clifford Stein
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very interesting and easy to understand


If you are a person who eats, sleeps, and dreams about algorithms, then this book is for you. However, if you are an average student interested in programming, and want to get a good understanding of this subject matter, don't buy this one. The authors of this book do a very poor job of explaining even the most basic concepts, and seem to think the people reading this book are high-level graduate students. There are few examples, and fewer explanations. We have two teachers teaching this stuff at my school, one of which has a doctorate in CS, and both of them are having a hard time explaining this stuff to us.
KEEP AWAY !!!!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
a good book


Most of the book flows: smooth, logical, heuristic. A very good introduction to what can be a confusing language. Best book I've seen for a programmer to use to pick up a new language. You will want the companion camel book, Programming Perl, for reference; but don't try to learn Perl from the camel book unless you are a masochist.
Two free bits of advice. Skip the first chapter. If you want to learn Perl, you know why. There is enough stuff in the first chapter to stifle the impulse if you read it carefully.
Second, practice your skimming skills on the second chapter. Then go back and re-read it carefully when you're fresh. It's long and important, but when you've got past this chapter, you'll roll the rest of the way through the book.



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
Final Fantasy VIII: Official Strategy Guide


This is an AWESOME guide for anyone needing help with Final Fantasy VIII.I played through the entire game without the guide,it was difficult,but victory was mine.When I finally got my guide home,I discovered all of the things that I had missed.I then played FF8 through for the second time ,and I was a much more powerful character.This guide helped me throughout the entire game.Let me start off by saying,when you look at this guide,you'll notice the format to be a bit different from others you have seen.The detailed walkthrough is broken down into smaller pieces to make it easier for you to find what you're looking for,and to help you get a better sense of the overall picture.You're provided with a list of the important objectives at each stage of the game,which keeps the text to the point,and prevents the plot from being given away.As you read a section of the guide,you know exactly what you need to do,without knowing anything about the surrounding plot lines.When you're getting started,read the game basics section for a quick refresher on the mechanics of the Final Fantsy world.In the character section,you'll learn about each character's limit break and weapons,and everything you need to know about each of the major players in FF8.A section that will come in handy is the complete list of items,which provides you with information on how you can use and refine the various items into other items and magic spells.My advise is to keep the items section close by!Of course in the walkthrough you have absolutely everything you need to not only beat,but destroy the game,and it's extremely easy to follow!Those of you that are familiar with Final Fantasy know about summoning creatures to aid you in battle.FF8 introduces Guardian Forces,and takes this idea to the next level.They not only help you in battle,but determine nearly everything about your character.An everyday mercenary can now be turned into a legendary hero through the art of Junctioning.Fianl Fantasy VIII also introduces the brand new draw system,check out the magic section in this guide and learn about the new spells and effects.FF8's built-in card game is called Triple Triad,learn more about it in the card game section.It's not only a fun game,but it could make a huge difference in how fast you build up you party,and plus you'll find out how to get every rare card that the game has.Check out the side quests and secrets section,because FF8 has more than ever,such as the hidden Deep Sea Research Center.I recommend reading the card game and side quests/secrets sections thoroughly,as each will impact the overall adventure.The bestiary has anything and everything you could possibly want to know,you'll even learn which monsters can boost your favorite character's stats using tthe new Devour ability.Finally,if you're having trouble finding your way around,the map section will guide you through and make it easier to find hidden draw points and secret rooms.Along with gorgeous illustrations,this guide is well written,informative,and detailed.To sum it up,although this guide will help you get through the game,the fun of the game is discovering new things and figuring out the game on your own.So go back to the guide when you need it,but consider playing through the game once on your own before using this guide.Enjoy this guide,but enjoy FF8 even more!Overall this guide was great in all areas,it has anything and everything you need to know about Final Fantasy VIII.TWO THUMBS UP!!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Programming Perl is exhaustive in detail


Programing Perl is good book. Of course, it assumes that you already have a good knowledge of perl and it is an excellent reference. Each time I read a chapter, I learn a bit more about the "why" & "how" perl works.
I would not recommend this book for a perl newbie UNLESS it was to be used a reference only AND as a compliment to the famous "Learning Perl" book. The first time I read the first edition of this book (programming perl), I nearly cried because I was bombarded with so much detail that it confused and baffled me and I nearly never picked up perl. However, after reading the "learning Perl" first, and then coming back to this book, I appreciated it soooo much more and loved the detail that had initially confused & frustrated me.
I still have the first edition of the book and in comparing it the third edition (I have never bought or read the 2nd edition), I would say that the third edition is generally an improvement.
I miss Randal Schwartz humorous style that made reading the first editon fun. Tom & Jon's style is different and they immediately drill down to the facts in a no-nonsense method that gives you a much better understanding of perl. If you have a background in programming "c", you will appreciated the details that they spill accross the page. I think I have improved my "c" programming skills just from reading their analysis.
I would recommend this book to any harden perl coder who wants to take the time to study it throughly (it is not light reading unless you are already a perl genuis). However, to someone learning perl for the first time, the Llama book is a better place to start.