- Series: Head First
- Paperback: 784 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 6, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596514824
- ISBN-13: 978-0596514822
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jennifer Greene studied philosophy in college but, like everyone else in the field, couldn't find a job doing it. Luckily, she's a great software tester, so she started out doing it at an online service, and that's the first time she got a good sense of what project management was. She moved to New York in 1998 to test software at a financial software company. She managed a team of testers at a really cool startup that did artificial intelligence and natural language processing. Since then, she's managed large teams of programmers, testers, designers, architects, and other engineers on lots of projects, and she's done a whole bunch of procurement management. She loves traveling, watching Bollywood movies, drinking carloads of carbonated beverages, and owing a whippet. For more information about Jennifer, Andrew Stellman, and their books, visit http://www.stellman-greene.com.
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Why does this book work? You remember a larger percentage of things when you take something that's written and then apply it directly to a project than just try to memorize it. If you've gone within 10 feet of a corporate entity in the last 15 years you've probably heard the mantra of "you learn x% by listening, x+10% by reciting, and x+30% by reciting while slapping an angry linebacker in the face" (that last one may have been made up). Even if you haven't, you can probably remember some dreary lecture-based class in college where you don't remember a darned thing and can compare and contrast with another class where you had to, say, write regular reports covering the subject matter. Most of the time, you're going to remember more from the second class than the first.
The other part of this is that for me at least when I read a big long book on a programming language I'll get a couple hundred pages in, get the idea that I know understand the language well enough to tinker around in it, and then discover that in fact I know nothing about it and need to re-read everything. Having the nearly constant programming, problem-solving, and even crossword puzzles at hand means you're constantly testing your knowledge, meaning in turn that if you don't get something you only have to backtrack 10 or 15 pages rather than half the book.
From what I gather, earlier editions of this book were not well edited, which is really too bad. This is too solid a format for learning to allow it to be dismissed because of sloppiness. All I can say is, it's better now.
But still, great book, as I said it is a great book got getting basic knowledge.