- Series: Head First
- Paperback: 694 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1st edition (October 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596007124
- ISBN-13: 978-0596007126
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 552 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Publisher
What you’ll find in Head First Design Patterns, 2014:
The core design principles and design patterns—everything you need to take your programming skills to the next level.
The same great visual explanations and brain-friendly learning style you’re used to from Head First, with exercises and challenges so the design patterns really sink in.
Updated code! The code for all the examples and exercises now compiles and runs with Java 8.
This is a gimmicky book that actually works for once. It is an intelligent and well thought-out discussion of Java design patterns, and if you dont know what a design pattern is then this is an excellent way to find out. It is also an interested discussion of object-oriented design. I found that the authors often anticipated my reaction to their initial explanations and asked the questions that I would have asked had it been a lecture. - Mike James, VSJ, April 2005
About the Author
Eric Freeman recently ended nearly a decade as a media company executive, having held the position of CTO of Disney Online & Disney.com at The Walt Disney Company. Eric is now devoting his time to WickedlySmart.com and lives with his wife and young daughter in Austin, TX. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale University.
Bert Bates is a 20-year software developer, a Java instructor, and a co-developer of Sun's upcoming EJB exam (Sun Certified Business Component Developer). His background features a long stint in artificial intelligence, with clients like the Weather Channel, A&E Network, Rockwell, and Timken.
Kathy Sierra has been interested in learning theory since her days as a game developer (Virgin, MGM, Amblin'). More recently, she's been a master trainer for Sun Microsystems, teaching Sun's Java instructors how to teach the latest technologies to customers, and a lead developer of several Sun certification exams. Along with her partner Bert Bates, Kathy created the Head First series. She's also the original founder of the Software Development/Jolt Productivity Award-winning javaranch.com, the largest (and friendliest) all-volunteer Java community.
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I bought this book for my 17-year-old nephew -- who is in the second year of a high school computer programming course -- as a companion to the Gang of Four book. I think the two books work well together, with Head First Design Patterns working as a more accessible introduction to design patterns, and the Gang of Four book serving as a reference for later on. He definitely finds the Head First book easier to read as a beginner. Even I, with a college degree in Computer Science and 20 years in the software development industry, find it valuable, at least as a review.
For those wondering about which edition they will get, I bought this book through Amazon and received the tenth anniversary edition, updated for Java 8. The main difference is that it takes advantage of the newly-introduced Lambda Expressions. Although the book uses Java throughout, C# developers will have little if any trouble with the examples. In many cases, the code is identical.
Slight nitpick: Some of the patterns in the appendix are given short shrift in the interest of space. For example, the section on the Visitor Pattern leaves out the important fact that one of the main motivations for the pattern is to overcome the limitations of languages that support only single dispatch. Said another way, the Visitor Pattern is trivial to implement in languages that support multiple dispatch. For more detail on these design patterns, I recommend the Gang of Four book, or online resources.
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