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Head First Programming by Paul Barry, David Griffiths

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“Kathy and Bert’s Head First Java transforms the printed page into the closest thing to a GUI you’ve ever seen. In a wry, hip manner, the authors make learning Java an engaging ‘what’re they gonna do next?’ experience.”

Warren Keuffel, Software Development Magazine

“Beyond the engaging style that drags you forward from know-nothing into exalted Java warrior status, Head First Java covers a huge amount of practical matters that other texts leave as the dreaded ‘exercise for the reader....’ It’s clever, wry, hip and practical—there aren’t a lot of textbooks that can make that claim and live up to it while also teaching you about object serialization and network launch protocols.”

Dr. Dan Russell, Director of User Sciences and Experience Research IBM Almaden Research Center (and teaches Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University)

“It’s fast, irreverent, fun, and engaging. Be careful—you might actually learn something!”

Ken Arnold, former Senior Engineer at Sun Microsystems Coauthor (with James Gosling, creator of Java), The Java Programming Language

“I feel like a thousand pounds of books have just been lifted off of my head.”

Ward Cunningham, inventor of the Wiki and founder of the Hillside Group

“Just the right tone for the geeked-out, casual-cool guru coder in all of us. The right reference for practical development strategies—gets my brain going without having to slog through a bunch of tired, stale professor-speak.”

Travis Kalanick, Founder of Scour and Red Swoosh Member of the MIT TR100

“There are books you buy, books you keep, books you keep on your desk, and thanks to O’Reilly and the Head First crew, there is the penultimate category, Head First books. They’re the ones that are dog-eared, mangled, and carried everywhere. Head First SQL is at the top of my stack. Heck, even the PDF I have for review is tattered and torn.”

Bill Sawyer, ATG Curriculum Manager, Oracle

“This book’s admirable clarity, humor and substantial doses of clever make it the sort of book that helps even non-programmers think well about problem-solving.”

Cory Doctorow, co-editor of Boing Boing Author, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom and Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

“I received the book yesterday and started to read it... and I couldn’t stop. This is definitely très ‘cool.’ It is fun, but they cover a lot of ground and they are right to the point. I’m really impressed.”

Erich Gamma, IBM Distinguished Engineer, and co-author of Design Patterns

“One of the funniest and smartest books on software design I’ve ever read.”

Aaron LaBerge, VP Technology, ESPN.com

“What used to be a long trial and error learning process has now been reduced neatly into an engaging paperback.”

Mike Davidson, CEO, Newsvine, Inc.

“Elegant design is at the core of every chapter here, each concept conveyed with equal doses of pragmatism and wit.”

Ken Goldstein, Executive Vice President, Disney Online

“I ♥ Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML—it teaches you everything you need to learn in a ‘fun coated’ format.”

Sally Applin, UI Designer and Artist

“Usually when reading through a book or article on design patterns, I’d have to occasionally stick myself in the eye with something just to make sure I was paying attention. Not with this book. Odd as it may sound, this book makes learning about design patterns fun.

“While other books on design patterns are saying ‘Buehler... Buehler... Buehler...’ this book is on the float belting out ‘Shake it up, baby!’”

Eric Wuehler

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  • Head First Servlets and JSP

  • Head First EJB

  • Head First PMP

  • Head First SQL

  • Head First Software Development

  • Head First JavaScript

  • Head First Ajax

  • Head First Physics

  • Head First Statistics

  • Head First Rails

  • Head First PHP & MySQL

  • Head First Algebra

  • Head First Web Design

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