Praise for the Head First approach

“Java technology is everywhere—in mobile phones, cars, cameras, printers, games, PDAs, ATMs, smart cards, gas pumps, sports stadiums, medical devices, Web cams, servers, you name it. If you develop software and haven’t learned Java, it’s definitely time to dive in—Head First.”

Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystems Chairman, President and CEO

“This is unlike any Java book you’ve ever read—and we mean ever. It’s jokey, funny, occasionally irritating, entertaining, and original. It is (and this is as important as the virtues just listed) educational in the best sense of the word... It works and even the Java pro is likely to look at the familiar from a new angle with this book... here at TechBookReport we can’t want to see the next book in the Head Start (sic) series.”



[note from marketing: so let me get this straight... we can get people to remember the most obscure technical facts, but we can’t get the media to remember the freakin’ name of the book???]

“O’Reilly has just released the BEST Java book ever! ... it is designed to really get you to learn... the book is fun, interesting, and hard to put down... if you need to learn Java, then I can say without reservation that this book is a must.”

Paul Wren, Lunch with George (Java/C/C++ User Group)

“An easy and fun read and an excellent introduction into Java... the humorous undertones of the book constantly made me remember that Java is not difficult to master. Excellent book. ... I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in learning Java.”

Hampton Roads Oracle Users Group

“Warning: This isn’t your father’s Java manual. Head First Java is the first, best, possibly the only Java textbook with a real sense of humor. 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. Check it out: it’s a fab, funny, fun way to learn Java from the grounds up.”

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 Co-author (with James Gosling, creator of Java), “The Java Programming Language”

“If you want to learn Java, look no further: welcome to the first GUI-based technical book! This perfectly-executed, ground-breaking format delivers three benefits other Java texts simply can’t: 1) the pictures cement the concepts so you learn it all the first time through; 2) the combining of glyphs, artwork, code examples, and accompanying text are remarkably synergistic making the most advanced concepts “childs play”; 3) should you want to revisit a particular concept or detail all you have to do is to scan the pictures as you quickly flip through the pages!”

“Prepare yourself for a truly remarkable ride through Java land.”

Neil R. Bauman, Captain & CEO, Geek Cruises (

“‘Hey I can understand this stuff now.’ That’s a recurring thought when someone like me reads this book. After trying to get into other Java books with marginal success, I recognized that this book doesn’t just spout data at me, it truly tries to get useful information to stick to my brain...”

Martin Turnley, Utah Java Users Group

“If anyone in the world is familiar with the concept of ‘Head First,’ it would be me. This book is so good, I’d marry it on TV!”

Rick Rockwell, Comedian The original FOX Television “Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire” groom

“Head First Java is like Monty Python meets the gang of four... the text is broken up so well by puzzles and stories, quizzes and examples, that you cover ground like no computer book before.”

Douglas Rowe, Columbia Java Users Group

“Just a fabulous method of teaching. I have savored every page and have done my own personal notations in addition to yours. My Dog Pally likes it too. Here she is reading it...”

James Tadeo, owner of Pally (Pally is available for contract Java development)

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