Learning a complex new language is no easy task especially when it s an object-oriented computer programming language like Java. You might think the problem is your brain. It seems to have a mind of its own, a mind that doesn't always want to take in the dry, technical stuff you're forced to study.
The fact is your brain craves novelty. It's constantly searching, scanning, waiting for something unusual to happen. After all, that's the way it was built to help you stay alive. It takes all the routine, ordinary, dull stuff and filters it to the background so it won't interfere with your brain's real work--recording things that matter. How does your brain know what matters? It's like the creators of the Head First approach say, suppose you're out for a hike and a tiger jumps in front of you, what happens in your brain? Neurons fire. Emotions crank up. Chemicals surge. That's how your brain knows.
And that's how your brain will learn Java. Head First Java combines puzzles, strong visuals, mysteries, and soul-searching interviews with famous Java objects to engage you in many different ways. It's fast, it's fun, and it's effective. And, despite its playful appearance, Head First Java is serious stuff: a complete introduction to object-oriented programming and Java. You'll learn everything from the fundamentals to advanced topics, including threads, network sockets, and distributed programming with RMI. And the new. second edition focuses on Java 5.0, the latest version of the Java language and development platform. Because Java 5.0 is a major update to the platform, with deep, code-level changes, even more careful study and implementation is required. So learning the Head First way is more important than ever.
If you've read a Head First book, you know what to expect--a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works. If you haven't, you're in for a treat. You'll see why people say it's unlike any other Java book you've ever read.
By exploiting how your brain works, Head First Java compresses the time it takes to learn and retain--complex information. Its unique approach not only shows you what you need to know about Java syntax, it teaches you to think like a Java programmer. If you want to be bored, buy some other book. But if you want to understand Java, this book's for you.
From the Inside Flap
"It's fast, irreverent, fun and engaging. Be careful--you might actually learn something!" - Ken Arnold, coauthor (with James Gosling, creator of Java) The Java Programming Language "It's definitely time to dive in--Head First."
- Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystems, Chairman, President, and CEO
About the Author
Kathy Sierra has been interested in learning theory since her days as a game developer (Virgin, MGM, Amblin'). More recently, she's been a master trainer for Sun Microsystems, teaching Sun's Java instructors how to teach the latest technologies to customers, and a lead developer of several Sun certification exams. Along with her partner Bert Bates, Kathy created the Head First series. She's also the original founder of the Software Development/Jolt Productivity Award-winning javaranch.com, the largest (and friendliest) all-volunteer Java community.
Bert Bates is a 20-year software developer, a Java instructor, and a co-developer of Sun's upcoming EJB exam (Sun Certified Business Component Developer). His background features a long stint in artificial intelligence, with clients like the Weather Channel, A&E Network, Rockwell, and Timken.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
Would be 5, if the method matched the format
By R. Hoffman
This book is fantastic. It keeps a great pace by jumping from core content, to analogies, to puzzles. The amount of high quality instructional design that went into this is astounding. My biggest beef is that even in the first chapter (as far as I've gotten), many of the activities belong in e-learning: re-order these chunks of code, match the code with the output, insert the code to achieve the desired output.You ether have to type everything out, cut up your book, or (with the e-book) take screenshots and then manipulate the image. Other than that, it's great.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
Not for complete beginners, but if you have a slight background in any other language it is great
By Yazeed Madaeen
So, this can't be your first book on programming, the authors actually tell you this in the first few pages of the book, you need to at least have a background in any programming language even if you don't practice it. (PHP, Fortran 77, Pascal, Delphi, ASP, C#, Basic, etc...) Anything, but not HTML or CSS because those are not programming languages (seriously, they won't help you at all)
With that said, it is the best programming book that i have ever read, i am a C++ programmer with many years of programming under my belt, (although many of my programs would probably compile with a C compiler since i don't often use OO programming for my smaller projects)
The book is made in such a way that you don't need to memorize stuff, the book chats you into memorizing them effortlessly
although JAVA uses C syntax, this means absolutely nothing, under the hood JAVA seems to be very different, that person that told me that java is like C++, ++ed knows nothing about Java, this book indirectly tells you how java actually deals with things so that in case you did C++, you will not accidentally assume JAVA is the same.
And this is where this book kicks in, this book, through its super genius silly,, made my experience in learning java FAST, easy, and enjoyable.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
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Buy "Head First Java" if and only if your serious about learning Java!!!!!
Anyone really interested in learning Java and not getting bored and disinterested after a few days this book is for you. I purchased "Head First Java" 5 days ago and I have not been able to put is down since it graced my door step! The way in which the book presents itself is unlike any technical book I've ever encountered. The conversational dialog, pictures, exercises, cross word puzzles.... You name it this book has it covered. The greatest part is I am actually retaining what I'm learning and putting it into practice almost immediately. Not only does the book come equipped with tons of sample code, you also have the ability to clearly communicate/articulate what it is that's going on within the application from the classes, objects, methods, and variables. If I haven't mentioned it already this book is awesome! Buy it if your serious about learning Java!!!!!