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Hi guys,
I am interested in knowing about your approach of reading the books.What is your approach if book of say 600 pages and your topic of interest starts from page 350,do you read from page 1/350,? What if you don't understand from page 350? Do you keep the same approach of reading everytype of book, Do you read the book 'Software engg concepts' same way as 'Java and XML'?Ofcourse I am assuming you are busy for the whole day and get the time in the evening for such activities
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My approach depends on what I'm reading the book for.
If I'm looking for a specific answer to a specific question (and I haven't had it answered at javaRanch already ) I start by looking in the index at the back. If I can't find anything applicable there, I look through the contents pages a the front. If I can't find anything applicable there, I quickly flip through the book. If I can't find anything doing that, I put the book back on the shelf, check JavaRanch again, and then get out a new book and repeat the process.
If I find a section in a book which looks appropriate I will skim through until I see something which looks like an answer. If I don't understand it, I go back to the start of that section and start reading from there. If I don't understand that, I might go back to the start of the book, or look through the the contents pages again, or ask a different question at JavaRanch.
Eventually I'll either have understood an answer, or changed the question.
If I'm reading a book out of general interest, or to review it, I'll start at the beginning and work through to the end.
If I come across something puzzling, I'll flip back to see if I missed anything. If I come across something which looks specially neat or useful I might put a sticky marker on the page. If I come across something which looks blatantly wrong, I might write a note in the margin (only if it's my own copy of the book!). If I come across something which cries out to be tried, I'll put the book down and head for the computer. If I get too hungry, too thirsty, too tired, the phone rings, my children want something, it's been 15 minutes since I last checked JavaRanch etc., I'll put the book down and go and sort that out instead.
What are your aims in reading your book ?
 
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Thanks for the reply.There are 2 situations in which I open the book(software related),either for getting the information or for making the concept(s) clear(er).For getting the information I don't have much problems.for the later , it becomes much difficult to grasp in little time and creates the problems.Also I have a 'bad' habbit of going back again and again.i.e.If I have a problem in reading/writing some algo.in Java, I open some algorithm book,there also if some problem , I open some lecture notes
For general interest books, most of the time I start from the preface.
 
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If the book contains equations or code just read the chapter your interested in. Otherwise go cover to cover.
 
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I read which part I want to know..
 
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