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Head First Java
by Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (21 May, 2003)
list price: $39.95
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It has taken four years, but with Head First Java the introductory Java book category has finally come of age. This is an excellent book, far more capable than any of the scores of Java-for-novices books that have come before it. Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates deserve rich kudos--and big sales--for developing this book's new way of teaching the Java programming language, because any reader with even a little bit of discipline will come away with true understanding of how the language works. Perhaps best of all, this is no protracted "Hello, World" introductory guide. Readers get substantial exposure to object-oriented design and implementation, serialization, neatwork programming, threads, and Remote Method Invocation (RMI).

Key to the authors' teaching style are carefully designed graphics. Rather than explain class inheritance (to cite one example) primarily with text, the authors use a series of tree diagrams that clarify the mechanism far more succinctly. The diagrams are carefully annotated with arrows and notes. Also characteristic of the unique teaching strategy is heavy reliance on exercises, in which the reader is asked to complete partial classes, write whole new code segments and do design work. Though there's little discussion of why the exercises' correct answers are what they are, it's clear that the practice work was carefully designed to reinforce the lesson at hand. If you've waited this long to give Java a try, this book is a great choice. --David Wall

Topics covered: The Java programming language for people with no Java experience, and even people with no programming experience at all. Key concepts read like a list of Java features: Object oriented design, variable type and scope, object properties and methods, inheritance and polymorphism, exceptions, graphical user interfaces (GUIs), network connectivity, Java archives (JAR files), and Remote Method Invocation (RMI). ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect book. Should be hardcover.
This is the number ONE Java book on the earth. I think it should be hardcover, not paperback, in order for long-term preservation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enjoy learning Java with the book from experts
I have been working with Java programming language for 5 years. I successfully passed several certification exams. So I know the details of The Java World. Even so I have recently bought Head First Java book (which looks like being intended especially for beginners) and I found out new funny ways how very simply and effectively learn Java.
Believe me. It is very effective book and besides it you will have a lot of fun. That is what I usually miss at my work place :-)
The book uses a lot of pictures and graphics. At first sight you could think (as I did) that is not worth of it at all ! But the contrary is true and you will learn Java very easily and deeply. I own second book from K.Sierra and B.Bates - Head First EJB. Same way of learning. Same recommendation.
I strongly recommend it to everyone and I little bit regret I had not bought it earlier.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Starting Java Book
Not only does this book give a beginner a comprehensive tutorial in Java, it also highlights Object Oriented Concepts that are essential to good Java programming.I would have given this book a five star rating, if it wasn't for bad editing (errors in examples, etc.)But, at least, there are less errors than the first edition.This is the first book on learning Java that I have been able to actually sit down and make my way through.Rather than use the basic Java compiler, I would recommend using the Eclipse product (download free at www.eclipse.org) since that is the new emerging standard in Java (and other lanugages) programming.Learning Eclipse while you are learning Java would only help. ... Read more

Isbn: 0596004656
Subjects:  1. Computer Bks - Languages / Programming    2. Computer Books: Operating Systems    3. Computers    4. Java (Computer language)    5. Java (Computer program languag    6. Java (Computer program language)    7. Programming - General    8. Programming Languages - Java    9. COM051000    10. COM051210    11. COM051230    12. Computers / Programming Languages / Java    13. Java & variants   

Head First EJB (Brain-Friendly Study Guides)
by Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (29 October, 2003)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Lots of info, little applicability
I love the head first series but IMO this is the worst of them.But that's not bad, this one is still great.The problem with this book is it gives you soooooo much info before it lets you apply it.

Here's a real book example:There are like 3 chapters that talk about Entity Beans.But it doesn't explain how to build the deployment descriptor until chapter 3!How much are you going to be able to remember if every page has 2-3 concepts on it and you can't use any of them until you've read ~100 pages?

That being said, is there a better book out there to help you start learning EJBs?I highly doubt it.What i'm saying is this book is great, but it could be better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for all levels.
In a few words, a joy of reading. A must for any Java developer.

5-0 out of 5 stars We Are Lucky
This is the third book in the most excellent Head First series, and, as far as I can tell, just about the only book that covers the Business Component exam.We're are in luck that we have a good one.Actually I'd only give it 4 1/2 stars, mostly because of the outstanding quality of the first, "Head First Java".This book lacks the CD with the online test, which really helps since that's the format the real test takes.Good luck though trying to find any better practice exams than the one that comes with the book.The cover price of the book is nothing compared to just its worth alone.Gone are the quality control problems that the second book, "Servlets and JSP's", had.The book is much more thoughtful and less rushed.Of course I have to complain again about the indexes.I need to return to things I've read and that is very hard to do in the format the book is written in. And you will still need a reference book to go with it.This is not a reference book.It is however, in many ways an excellent primer that will complement a good reference.So if you're taking the exam -- buy the book -- and be grateful it's there. ... Read more

Isbn: 0596005717
Sales Rank: 5719
Subjects:  1. Certification    2. Certification Guides - General    3. Computer Bks - Languages / Programming    4. Computer Books: Operating Systems    5. Data processing    6. Electronic data processing personnel    7. Examinations    8. Java (Computer program language)    9. Programming Languages - Java    10. Study guides    11. COM051010    12. COM051210    13. COM051230    14. COM055000    15. Computers / Programming Languages / Java    16. Java & variants    17. Systems analysis & design   


Mr. Bunny's Big Cup o' Java(TM)
by Carlton Egremont III
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (12 April, 1999)
list price: $14.95 -- our price: $10.17
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1-0 out of 5 stars Tries to be Funny & Informative. Fails.
While I don't have anything against using a *little* humor to get a point across, the entire point of this book is apparently to be humorous while trying to be an introduction to the Java language. It fails in both respects. It is so heavily laced with attempts at over-the-top humor that it becomes unreadable. The reader is left sifting the text for actual information about Java, and often coming up empty-handed. I finally concluded that this book is actually intended for *experienced* Java programmers who have the background to appreciate the humor, but who obviously would have had to have learned their Java elsewhere.

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid Gold
Beyond words. This is one of the greatest texts ever written.

5-0 out of 5 stars Funniest thing in print (for people who know Java)
I don't get the negative reviews. Well, whatever. This is pure, hilarious, brilliant, hurts-when-you-laugh from a guy who knows his Java. Don't expect to learn anything about Java. It's just a stream of great injokes. Includes enormous curly braces, examples of white space, meeting "the primitives", explaining interfaces with a guy who's the mayor and a sheriff and a painter and a whole bunch of other things. And the illustrations are hilarious for anyone who's suffered through too many life cycle illustrations, those silly marketing layer diagrams, and "simple" illustrations of how Java works.

Anyone who knows the difference between an interface and a class will love this. ... Read more

Isbn: 0201615630
Sales Rank: 96974
Subjects:  1. Computer Bks - Languages / Programming    2. Computer Books: Languages    3. Computer Networks    4. Computer Programming Languages    5. Computers    6. Form - Parodies    7. Programming Languages - Java   


Calculus and Pizza: A Math Cookbook for the Hungry Mind
by Clifford A.Pickover, Clifford A. Pickover
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (30 May, 2003)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Really a neat book
The clever concept led me to buy the book, and I definitely wasn't disappointed - great overview, but not too dry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!! But neccessarily incomplete.
This book served to demistify the entire basics of the calculus for me. Without it, I'd still be wondering about the derivative, or about limits or integrals. On the other hand, it contains about 5% of the stuff in a real calc book, which is why I'm glad I've got both. Even today I refer back to this when the definitions Swokowski gives me are too obscure to understand.

If you have trouble understanding calculus, buy this, not a copy of Schaum's outlines. This will open you up to fundamental concepts, and once you have those down, reading any normal calculus text will be a breeze.

The book is also very poetic. Pickover is a great writer, besides being a great mathematician.

5-0 out of 5 stars A really fun read, and you learn Calculus too
This is a great book on many levels.The basics of Calculus are clearly communicated.There are lots of interesting examples, and problems to solve.The story of the pizza parlor involves great imagery, and fascinating characters.Plus the chapters are short, which helps retention.I bought the book as a review tool.A lot of calculus help books are geared to just doing well on tests.Completing this book should help anyone to get a real, "feel", for the beauty and usefulness of Calculus. ... Read more

Isbn: 0471269875
Sales Rank: 136803
Subjects:  1. Calculus    2. Mathematics    3. Science/Mathematics    4. Calculus & mathematical analysis    5. Mathematics / Calculus   


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