Head First Java

Head First Java

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By (author) Kathy Sierra, By (author) Bert Bates

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  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
  • Format: Paperback | 688 pages
  • Dimensions: 201mm x 234mm x 36mm | 1,315g
  • Publication date: 19 February 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Sebastopol
  • ISBN 10: 0596009208
  • ISBN 13: 9780596009205
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, ports.
  • Sales rank: 7,639

Product description

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 its 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.

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Author information

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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By Prasanna Joshi 25 Jul 2013 5

This is an excellent resource for learning Java. Dive deep in world of Java by starting with this book. Easy to read. Makes lot of repeatations, claiming that it helps learning, which is true. Fun to read, unlike most technical books, there is a funny side of coding that is exposed.

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"[...] eines der kreativsten Einführungswerke in Java der letzten Jahre. Wer bislang davor zurückgescheut hat, sich dieses Themas anzunehmen, ist gut beraten, mit Head First Java einen Versuch zu wagen." - Dierk König, iX, Ausgabe 2/2006 "[...] Wir haben uns für Head First Java als unterstützendes Lehrbuch entschieden, weil es zwar als Lehrbuch konzipiert ist, aber im Gegensatz zu den üblichen Standardwerken [...] eine andere Herangehensweise wählt: Es werden nicht - wie sonst üblich - alle Konzepte zu einer Thematik abgehandelt - egal ob sie an der Stelle gebraucht werden oder nicht -, sondern nur ausgewählte Konzepte zunächst motiviert und dann eingeführt. [...] HFJ setzt sehr stark auf grafische und humorvolle Elemente, was sicherlich das sichtbarste Unterscheidungsmerkmal zu den Standardwerken darstellt. [...] Ich persönlich halte die starke visuelle Unterstützung und lockere Herangehensweise für durchaus sinnvoll und habe sie deshalb auch in weiten Teilen in der Lehre eingesetzt. [...]Zusammenfassend kann man sagen, dass HFJ als Lehrbuch deutlich besser geeignet ist als die vorhandenen Standardwerke [...]. " - Karsten Loesing, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg / Fakultät Wirtschaftsinformatik/Angewandte Informatik, Januar 2006 "Kathy Sierra und Bert Bates [...] haben ein ungewöhnlich anschauliches Buch vorgelegt, in dem es von Sprechblasen, Comicfiguren und scherzhaften Anspielungen nur so wimmelt. Der klassische Ansatz: das Erlernen einer anspruchsvollen Programmiersprache in systematischer Weise ist sehr ansprechend verpackt in eine spritzige, moderne Form, die sowohl unterhaltsam ist aber auch zur aktiven Mitarbeit auffordert. [...] Hier wird mit der Trickkiste moderner Unterhaltung ein sehr anspruchsvolles Thema, Programmierung mit dem neuen Java5, in bester Weise, und das heißt: systematisch und pädagogisch durchdacht aufbereitet. [...] Für alle, die schon immer 'richtig Programmieren mit Java' lernen wollten, denen bislang jedoch traditionelle Lehrbücher staubtrocken und entschieden schwer konsumierbar erschienen: endlich gibt es eine zeitgemäße und moderne Darstellung, Java-Programmierung zu erlernen! Fazit: Ein ungewöhnlich spannendes, ein lohnendes Lehrbuch im allerbesten Sinne, jede Seite ist für eine kleine Entdeckung gut: ich finde es klasse gemacht! Zum Selbststudium, als hilfreicher Begleiter für erste Schritte in der Programmierung für alle vom engagierten Amateur bis zu Studierenden der Informatik im Grundstudium halte ich Head First Java für sehr geeignet." - Bruno Hopp, UpTimes - Mitgliederzeitschrift der German Unix User Group, Mai 2005

Table of contents

Intro; 1 Breaking the Surface: a quick dip; 2 A Trip to Objectville: yes, there will be objects; 3 Know Your Variables: primitives and references; 4 How Objects Behave: object state affects method behavior; 5 Extra-Strength Methods: flow control, operations, and more; 6 Using the Java Library: so you don?t have to write it all yourself; 7 Better Living in Objectville: planning for the future; 8 Serious Polymorphism: exploiting abstract classes and interfaces; 9 Life and Death of an Object: constructors and memory management; 10 Numbers Matter: math, formatting, wrappers, and statics; 11 Risky Behavior: exception handling; 12 A Very Graphic Story: intro to GUI, event handling, and inner classes; 13 Work on Your Swing: layout managers and components; 14 Saving Objects: serialization and I/O; 15 Make a Connection: networking sockets and multithreading; 16 Data Structures: collections and generics 17 Release Your Code: packaging and deployment; 18 Distributed Computing: RMI with a dash of servlets, EJB, and Jini; A Appendix A: Final code kitchen; B Appendix B: Top Ten Things that didn?t make it into the rest of the book; Index