"Head First Java" by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates

“Head First Java” 2nd Editionhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=thzopr-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0596009208&fc1=FFFBFB&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=A7A7A7&bc1=000000&bg1=060606&f=ifr
by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates

The ‘Head First’ in this book has a double meaning.  You are diving into Java head first, but you are also considering how the mind works.  The authors know how best to teach people about a topic which can be occasionally less than interesting…  By leveraging the way our brains process information.

Applying knowledge of human behavior to any topic is interesting to me.  Combining two geeky topics is always a winner.  With the background information, the pictures, and lots of ‘why’ as well as what this is a great book to learn Java from.  The exercises never feel like a burden, many of them had me running to my computer to test them out.  They also switch things up with puzzles, crosswords, and matching games to keep anything from getting repetitive and boring.

This book is definitely not written like a text book.  Although it would make a great text book for any Java class.  To supplement the information in this book head over to thenewboston and watch a few of Bucky Robert’s tutorials.  Overall I am very pleased with “Head First Java” as a first book on the topic.

Next week’s post is a great write up of wire framing a game design!  Stick around, its a great post.  On the fourteenth we’re going to have a guest poster.  If you would like to guest post contact me.

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One thought on “"Head First Java" by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates

  1. I love the concepts behind the head first series of books but the kitschy 50's theme and some other quirks of their book design has kinda turned me off from the whole series despite me trying a couple and even owning one.

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