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Learning a complex new language is no easy task especially when it s an object-oriented computer programming language like Java. You might think the problem is your brain. It seems to have a mind of its own, a mind that doesn't always want to take in the dry, technical stuff you're forced to study. The fact is your brain craves novelty. It's constantly searching, scanning, waiting for something unusual to happen. After all, that's the way it was built to help you stay alive. It takes all the routine, ordinary, dull stuff and filters it to the background so it won't interfere with your brain's real work--recording things that matter. How does your brain know what matters? It's like the creators of the Head First approach say, suppose you're out for a hike and a tiger jumps in front of you, what happens in your brain? Neurons fire. Emotions crank up. Chemicals surge. That's how your brain knows. And that's how your brain will learn Java. Head First Java combines puzzles, strong visuals, mysteries, and soul-searching interviews with famous Java objects to engage you in many different ways. It's fast, it's fun, and it's effective. And, despite its playful appearance, Head First Java is serious stuff: a complete introduction to object-oriented programming and Java. You'll learn everything from the fundamentals to advanced topics, including threads, network sockets, and distributed programming with RMI. And the new. second edition focuses on Java 5.0, the latest version of the Java language and development platform. Because Java 5.0 is a major update to the platform, with deep, code-level changes, even more careful study and implementation is required. So learning the Head First way is more important than ever. If you've read a Head First book, you know what to expect--a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works. If you haven't, you're in for a treat. You'll see why people say it's unlike any other Java book you've ever read. By exploiting how your brain works, Head First Java compresses the time it takes to learn and retain--complex information. Its unique approach not only shows you what you need to know about Java syntax, it teaches you to think like a Java programmer. If you want to be bored, buy some other book. But if you want to understand Java, this book's for you.

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"Awesome!!" - by Aadi on 05-APR-2014
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The best book i have ever read.
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"A good one" - by Shamal Jayakody on 11-JAN-2014
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Very illustrative..Any idiot can understand. ..I take my hats off.
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"Interesting, and tries to be fun..." - by Anonymous on 27-DEC-2013
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  This books helps explain and understand many Java concepts.  Unlike some text books, this one doesn't try to bore you with a bunch of technical rules and details, instead it tries to give you fun examples, exercises, and keep your brain awake essentially.  The effectiveness of this approach might be debatable, but it certainly helped going from clueless to having a decent understand of many terms, and concepts.

  I feel like this is a good beginner level book.  If you are hungry for a more detailed or better understanding of Java, should think about some of the more comprehensive books.  Though they can be much harder to read a full chapters devoted to a single concept, or ideology in Java.

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"Not funny...let be serious..." - by CodeMeister on 05-MAR-2013
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Too much uninteresting playful banter. There is no way to make a manual interesting. As a resource this book intermixes attempted humor with programming concepts but fails in the fact that it makes it tough to get past the humor and use the book as a serious reference. I am trying to tough it out but the metodology is making it difficult to proceed. This is the first "Head First" book I have used, I hope that I can adjust to the approach and swim throught the attempt a comedy.
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"Later aged programmer" - by Anonymous on 16-FEB-2013
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I did not do any programming until I was in my late 20's. I kept hearing about objects and object orientation. I never heard an explanation that adequately explained this concept.

I felt this book did so in a good manner. I am also coming from a computer programming school where the other languages that I tried to learn did not introduce this concept until late, if they did at all.

I appreciated that they felt object orientation was important enough to introduce early. I highly recommend this to anyone who is new to programming or object orientation.

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