- 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: 536 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Head First Design Patterns: A Brain-Friendly Guide 1st Edition
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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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Top customer reviews
"Head First Design Patterns" book goes deeply and thoroughly into the motivation of each design pattern so it's more easy to understand all of their aspects and the drawbacks of other alternatives.
The thorough explanations makes it more easy to remember and understand the patterns.
The book is friendly to read and I definitly recommend it to anyone who wishes to understand design patterns.
WARNING: If you don't have a strong OO background before getting this book you may be making a mistake, the authors do an OK job trying to explain OO principles but if you don't understand some of the more common terms (or haven't looked at them in quite a while) it really helps to brush up prior to reading this book. I HIGHLY recrommend Object-Oriented Thought Process by Matt Weisfeld as an introduction or refresher, it is a FANTASTIC read on OO.
The other area where the book falters is in the intermediate exercises. The code that you download from their website only reflects the final result of each chapter. If you have trouble with something in the middle and need code to look at for one of those exercises, your out of luck.
The book's not a complete waste, but it is far more frustrating than all the positive reviews here would lead you to believe.