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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Linux Programming (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Richard Stones, Neil Matthew, Alan Cox
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Enough to get you going

This book was excellent for its intentions. It provided the basic information needed to get up and programming quickly, without all the unnecessary details. It gives you enough information to get the job done without having to wade through all the fluff.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Multimedia for Learning: Methods and Development (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
Authors: Stephen M. Alessi, Stanley R. Trollip
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The authoritative source for eLearning design

This book, now in its third edition, has been widely recognized as the authoritative text for instructional design of computer-based training and eLearning. The new edition has been expanded considerably, with information on simulation, web-based learning, and distance learning. The sound treatment of tutorial instruction remains. This is a required reference for anyone doing instructional design of eLearning.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Head First Java, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I buy and read hundreds of IT books - this is the BEST!

<strong>History of me:</strong>
I have been in IT all my life, and have had to keep up on all the latest technologies. I have trained Microsoft Support Engineers at the various Microsoft sites, written technical curriculum for certification topics and for custom software, travelled and installed/configured enterprise applications, administered networks, and much more throughout my carreer. Because of all of the technology that I have had to become proficient on, I have purchased and read hundreds of books on a wide variety of technical topics.

<strong>About this book:</strong>
This being said, I have experienced some pretty good books, and some horribly awful books, and about everything in between. Now that I have a need to learn Java, I bought two books attempt to teach myself the basics - this was one of them. I pretty much put the other book down, have been using this exclusively to get my feet wet in Java, AND I WISH THIS SERIES OF BOOKS WAS AVAILABLE A LONG TIME AGO!!

My biggest hope is that the publisher will use this methodology to write more technical books on topics other than Java, for I will be the very first customer!

With all topics I've had to learn before purchasing this book, my "magic bullet" to learning new, abstract, and even smoetimes boring topics was to purchase about a half-dozen different books on teh same exact topic, and read the same geenral topics written by completely different authors. With enough "angles", I absorbed the content through "brute force". Although it consistently worked, this method was extremely time-consuming and down-right boring. <strong>I have been able to pull more this single book than I have from a half-dozen different books on other topics!</strong>

My thanks to the authors - I have studied learning theory (both to become a more effective trainer when I used to train, and to aid in allowing me to absorb as much material in as little time as possible), and these authors have nailed exactly what's needed.

If you're needing to learn Java, don't want to be bored out of your mind, need to pick it up quickly and with as little effort as possible, I would highly recommend this book! Get it - you will definitely not regret it!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: God of War (with DVD) : Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Official Game Guides)
Publisher: Prima Games
Authors: Kaizen Media Group
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Incredible Guide.

Let me start off by saying I'm a much bigger fan of the Brady Games guides than the Prima guides. They just seem to be more complete and exhaustive in every detail about the game they cover. However, the God of War guide is the first by Prima to surpass anything Brady has to offer. It contains everything you want to know about the game - basics, strategies, maps, walkthroughs, secrets, and unlockable art work from the game. The guide is easily as thick as any of my Brady game guides, including those for RPG's.
However, this is only the beginning. The guide comes with an interactive DVD guide that actually shows walkthroughs through every level of the game, including strategies on how to beat tough enemies and bosses. Also included are trailers for the game, clips on how cut scenes were made, and a behind the scenes look and Sony Computer Entertainment of America. Overall, I would say this is the best game guide I have ever bought, and I would recommend it for anyone looking for help with God of War, or a behind the scenes look at how the game was made.