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Product Details

  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Second Edition edition (Feb. 19 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596009208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596009205
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 3.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By reviewer5005 on March 28 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is crucial for the beginner or even low intermediate programmer to get a firm grasp and understanding of the building blocks, framework and logic of JAVA. Read this book through a few times and you will be able to decipher pretty much any code. Absolutely excellent book. Finally a programming book that gives you the comprehension! Still as applicable today as it was 5 years ago as far as getting the fundamentals under your belt.
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This book is extremely helpful for those who wish to learn Java programming fundamentals but require a more entertaining approach. Let's face it, learning any new programming language is tedious at best. Personally I found it a bit too simplistic in some areas and, at times, a little overly distracting. The content of the book accurately reflects it's title and does an excellent job teaching anyone who has some time to be entertained while learning Java programming. In addition, this book provides links to websites which offer many more helpful learning resources. I can highly recommend this book with 5 Stars to it's intended audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 2 2011
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Every other Java book I looked at I just couldn't wrap my head around. I've done programming before, in school, but almost always procedural programming. Turbo Pascal and the like. I did some ActionScript in college but then it was the same issue, I couldn't really wrap my head around the concepts of object-oriented programming.

Head First Java, in my first hour of reading it, ploughed through that blockage. Some of the puzzles and exercises give me pause, making me use parts of my brain that I haven't used in the decade since I was in college, but I eventually get it. I'm learning it, and more importantly, it's sticking.

If you're an experienced object-oriented programmer and you're just looking for some syntax guide to Java, this probably isn't the book for you. But, if you're like me and have a block keeping you from wrapping your mind around other Java books, this is definitely the book for you.
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By Kelvin Schmitke on June 7 2014
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Introductory to Java yes, but not really to programming. They could have gone a bit further back. Overall pretty good.
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I was trying to find a book to start learning java at a slow rythm and that book gave me exactly what i wanted ! It amazingly clear and the way they explains the subject is amazing. Each page is different in content, fonts, images, design so it makes me want to focus and remember what i am reading.

Very good choice !
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Biggest problems:

- Code Examples ("Ready-Bake Code"), do not compile, even if you type them in exactly as they are in the book. The compiler will display a list of major errors (not just simple mistakes like missing semicolons). There was an example in the book in which you are supposed to build a game which plays battleship with the user. After three chapters of developing this game, and being given the final code in the book and typing the final code exactly as they have it, the game does not compile but displays countless major errors.

- Disorganized. This book jumps all over the place in a majorly confusing way, making you feel disoriented and lost rather than actually learn anything.

- Chapter Exercises. Most of the exercises did not involve actual coding, they were just mix-and-match, crossword puzzles and other pointless BS that is boring and a waste of time.

I do not recommend this book! Very disappointing.
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By Snowolf on Oct. 2 2013
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I bought this book as I've been meaning to learn Java for some time, but was put off in the past, so this time around, I googled around for what was the best book to start with Java and a lot of people suggested this.

I love it. It is never boring and very well made. If you're starting with java, especially with little or no programming experience, this is the book to buy.
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By Gurpreet on Aug. 14 2014
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It has a quite a bit misprints. But all the stuff I need is in fine print. Shipping took a lot of time. Almost a week. Why ?
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