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Head First Design Patterns
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2012
You'd think something dubbed "Kindle Edition" would work on a Kindle? Guess again. This should be re-branded "Electronic Edition" as I have a Kindle Touch running the latest software and if you try to open this book on it you get "This item is not compatible with this device."

It does work on Kindle for Mac and PC.

It does not work with Kindle for iPhone.
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8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2012
I purchased this book based on the strength of its high review scores. I'll be more careful in the future and spend time reading the negative reviews as well. I find this style of teaching to be tedious and distracting. I much prefer teaching that is brief and to the point.

As someone has already pointed out - you'll either love it or hate it.
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19 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2009
If you like reading 20 pages that could be explained in 2, you may like it.(And if you value books by the # of pages and not the amount of actual info..)

I just lose focus if I have to read more than think. And childish examples with pictures don't do it for me... If you are looking for a solid, compact and straight-to-the point book on design patterns, where each page matters, that's definitely not the one.
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34 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2007
I just felt the strong urge to write a review. I usually don't write reviews. My opinion about this book is either you will love it a lot or hate it to the core. I hated it. Their writing style is not conventional. So please go to a book store and read a few pages and see if you like this style of writing. Even though when I first read, I thought I liked it, I realized I don't like this style of writing for a technical book
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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2013
If you enjoy being treated like a 5 year old, you'll love this book. They take 50 pages of goofy cartoons and scenarios to demonstrate patterns that could be explained in 10 pages. I kept thinking to myself, "Get to the point!" It's like that windbag professor you had in college who taught to the lowest common denominator of the class.

It also would have been nice if they had code examples in languages other than Java. I'd love to see how functional programming could use the patterns.
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10 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2009
I really can't think of anything good to say about this book. It is, hands-down, the most disappointing technical book I have ever bought (and I buy an obscene amount of them).

To be fair, I don't think it purports to be a reference. But I'm not sure what it *is* good for. I've picked it up a number of times since I bought it, but so far, I have always simply put it back on the shelf in exasperation. It's vaguely reminiscent of some kind of 3rd grade workbook you might have used. I don't necessarily hold that against its producers, but if you haven't actually seen the content, be advised.

I don't know how typical it is of the series, but I don't see me buying another Head First book unless I have the chance to examine it beforehand (which, I suppose, I should have done prior to buying this one).
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9 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2011
This book is oriented for pre-teenagers. It explains in 10 pages a subject which content could fit in a single page.
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43 of 90 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2005
Unfortunately I can't give this zero stars.

I bought the book on the strength of the Amazon reviews. I'd expected a "lighter" style. However, I didn't expect it to be like a history book for 13 year-old school kids, desperately trying to try to make the subject "interesting". Hardly any paragraphs over 100 words lest the audience's attention span be exceeded. If I'd wanted a comedy book, I'd have bought one. The only way that it could have been worse would have been to make it a "pop-up" book. For me this is a book for people that have not acquired the skill of reading by regularly reading journals, magazines and books.

This book was such a disappointment that it's the only one that I've ever returned to Amazon (out of over 300 - that puts it below the bottom 0.3% of my rating).
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41 of 92 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2005
This book contains so many comics, cartoonish diagrams, and lame jokes it's impossible to learn from it efficiently.

The highly acclaimed "Design Patterns" by Gamma et al is only half as long and three times more informative.

I suppose I would still recommend Head First to someone who was taking a programming course involuntarily and would rather be watching MTV, but not to someone with an actual need for knowledge in the subject.
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3 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2012
I would rate it a zero if I could just because I had to purchase a Kindle to read this. The electronic version of this book is incompatible with the Amazon Cloud Reader, HP Touchpad, Motorola Xoom tablet, and Android phones. I wish I had just bought a year subscription to Safari Online.
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