Who do Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates think they are? Don't they know that learning a programming language is supposed to be hard? Don't they know that it is supposed to involve suffering? Apparently not, as they have written a complete introduction to Java that is fun to read and easy to understand. If we don't stamp this out now, students will start expecting their teachers to be entertaining!
The book is an excellent introduction to Java. It covers all the typical topics of a basic introductory text and some extra including serialization, networking, and distributed computing. Each topic is covered in a fun way with important information highlighted. The authors use stories, fake interviews, pictures, and assorted other clever techniques to catch your imagination and make the topics memorable. There are plenty of exercises (with answers) to help you check to be sure you understood each chapter. And there are plenty of fun programs to code including a cool music machine instead of the typical "reverse a String" exercises.
If you are looking for a traditional text then this book is definitely not for you. Instructors should think carefully whether this book fits in with their style of teaching. This book is not for everyone but if you want to learn Java and object oriented programming in fun and unique way then this is the book you want. Now I just have to figure out how to keep it away from my students.
Originally posted by Bert Bates:
[publisher's note] what DID he mean, not for everybody? [/publisher's note]
OK, actually, Head First books ARE for everybody, YEAH!
Originally posted by Johannes de Jong:
Whow the Thomas stamp of approval.
Originally posted by Kathy Sierra:
I know... and what's even more amazing is that we didn't have to pay him as much as I'd anticipated
Or maybe it was those compromising photos we had of him...
Regardless, we're thrilled!