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erto zhang
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Does anybody know how to get a E-Book for HFS?? I just buy a paper version HFS and I am expecting it came with a CD and a E version book on it so that I can install it on my laptop and read it anywhere instead of carrying the heavy paper book with me.

Does anybody know where I can get a EBook for HFS, such as the web site etc???
 
Sivasundaram Umapathy
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The books released in Head first series do not have an ebook version. The nature of the graphical illustrations makes it difficult to release a ebook of usable size.
 
Kai Witte
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hello,

here is a 10 % solution to your problem: Read the free sample chapter when you go somewhere where it would be too inconvenient to carry both the book and the notebook.

Besides: The book is as excellent for learning as it is bad as a reference for use after the exam. So I would not hesitate to tear it apart in handy pieces you can carry ...

Conan
[ September 30, 2004: Message edited by: Conan Elvitaro ]
 
Chengwei Lee
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Besides: The book is as excellent for learning as it is bad as a reference for use after the exam. So I would not hesitate to tear it apart in handy pieces you can carry ...


Hi Conan,

Are you saying that the HF book is only good as a exam guide? I find it good for actual work as well. What we see in the exams are stuffs that pretty much what we do in development, & the book does a good job in building up the foundation for JSP & Servlets.

Most often, our bugs are merely lapses in fundamental concepts. And thats where the book comes in.

Cheers!
 
Kai Witte
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hello,

the book is good for learning in general, but it makes a bad reference.

Conan
 
Ramnathan Ravindran
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Hi,
Conan i would never agree with that. The more stronger ur basics the good would be you development techniques. This book just focuses on basics. I have been working in the servlets and JSP for 2 yrs. I feel his book good to read and refer.
 
Sivasundaram Umapathy
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I second Ram. In the place where I work, although we have been using J2EE(EJB in specific) for the past 4 years, the HFEJB changed the way,people looked at the technology. I hope the same applies to HFServlets too.
 
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Originally posted by Conan Elvitaro:
hello,

the book is good for learning in general, but it makes a bad reference.

Conan



I completely agree with Conan!

It really depends on how you use the word "reference", though. As a book that you might *refer back to* when you need to refresh yourself on the fundamentals--how something works, why it works the way it does, how you should use it, etc., then our book can be useful in that way.

But we have a very strong policy that these books are *specifically* for learning, and that books designed for learning and books designed for reference have two COMPLETELY different goals, and have different mechanisms for meeting those goals.

*Reference* books need good *information deisgn* (a field where people like Tufte and Richard Saul Wurman are the leading experts), while *learning* books need good *knowledge design* which is completely different (and includes experts like Roger Schank).

Good information design for a great reference books requires organizing *information* in a meanigful way that you can access instantly, and is especially good for things you are not meant to memorize, but need to often refer to in the course of your work. Good knowledge design for a learning book uses a completely different mechanism for organization, and tends to be more "use-case" driven rather than topic driven. It is NOT meant for you to quickly get to the one thing you need, but is meant for you to *experience* in a way that builds your understanding.

Another way we look at this is this:

* A good reference book should require NO cognitive overhead by the person reading. It should be as clear and possible with no *thinking* required.

* A good learning book should ALWAYS require "thinking" by the person reading. If the reader is passive and everything is clearly spelled out, there is no deep learning.

Reference books are meant to help you DO something just-in-time.
Learning books are meant to change your brain in a long-term way.

So, according to our definition, HF books are NOT good reference books, and we believe that a book can be one of three things:

* Really good as a "learning" book.
OR
* Really good as a "reference" book.
OR
* Mediocre at both.

We try to be in category one -- "good at learning".

However, because of the book's visual format, if someone needs to be reminded or refreshed about a *topic*, it's usually very easy to flip through the pages and find that topic and reinforce the learning quickly. But we don't have much in the way of reference recipes, etc.

cheers and thanks for the comments on the books everybody!
-Kathy

"Philippe, we couldn't have done the Servlets book without you. We'll miss you forever."
 
erto zhang
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Thanks you all for kindly help, I really appreciate.
 
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