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This is a gimmicky book that actually works for once. It is an intelligent and well thought-out discussion of Java design patterns, and if you dont know what a design pattern is then this is an excellent way to find out. It is also an interested discussion of object-oriented design. I found that the authors often anticipated my reaction to their initial explanations and asked the questions that I would have asked had it been a lecture. - Mike James, VSJ, April 2005
Eric Freeman recently ended nearly a decade as a media company executive, having held the position of CTO of Disney Online & Disney.com at The Walt Disney Company. Eric is now devoting his time to WickedlySmart.com and lives with his wife and young daughter in Austin, TX. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale University.
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.
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.
By far the best book for design patterns. ( I also liked the use of animation to keep the reader engaged )Published 8 days ago by Travis Gorbahn
Very good approach. Even a newbie can understand complex concepts of design patterns.Published 10 months ago by khan2enigma
Very good book, it got me introduced to patterns in a very simple way. From an electrical engineering background, it is very easy to follow and understand the basics of patternsPublished 10 months ago by Victor
Very good intro to design patterns, with applied examples and exercisesPublished 11 months ago by Reggie
Print copy gets 4 starts. -1 star for the Kindle version due to difficulty viewing diagrams.
Decent book on design patterns, with tons of illustrations and games to help... Read more
If you are looking for a book to understand OO design patterns and when to use each, this is for you. The stories in the book show how each pattern can be practically used. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Pooya Amini
Great book the learn design patterns while "having fun".
This book doesn't overwhelm you with scientific terms and what not.
Great book for starters.