Bert Bates

metacognitator, author

Santa Cruz, California

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Bert Bates and Kathy Sierra created the Head First book series. He has co-authored several bestselling Java books, and acted as a lead developer for many of Sun's Java certification exams. Bert has been developing software for more than 25 years. His background features a long stint in artificial intelligence, with clients like the Weather Channel, A&E Network, Rockwell, and Timken.

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  • Java
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  • consulting
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  • programming
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“After reading Head First Design Patterns cover to cover, I don't think I could point to another book that is better tailored to my (and I hope your) kind of thinking. I've already used several of the chapters to help out with specific projects. Don't let the fact that this book is aimed at Java Developers. You can just as easily apply it's contents to C++ or any other object oriented language. Heck, I've even implemented some of the patterns in plain-old ANSI-C (i.e., a non-OO language), with great results (there are many books out there on how to implement objects in a non-OO language). If you are doing much code development, either as a student, hobbyist or professional, I can't recommend this book highly enough.”
— Chris Parker,
“A pleasant, somewhat goofy alternative.”
— Andrew Binstock, Dr. Dobbs
“Not only is this easily the best design patterns book I have read, this may be one of the best books, teaching a complicated technology topic, I have ever read. This book was created with me in mind. The book is educational, entertaining, and does a good job of showing the practical side of the topic. The examples are all in Java, but I was able to easily translate them into C#. ”
— M.T. Birdsall,
“It is really amazing how can a book which such a great amount of information can actually be so easy and pleasant to read, without being overwhelmed by its size...The authors of the book seem to be most aware of the fact the secret of teaching someone and gaining his attention is called INTERACTION. All five sections described above are full of small quiz, exercises, handwritten notes, and questions addressed to the pattern trainee. Funny cartoons, imaginary characters that take part in the refactoring and humorous examples are all over the book catching the reader's eye and easing its initiation to the secrets of the design patterns. Emphasis on the detailed explanations and repetition of the principles learned reflect the attention paid to the reader's learning process.”
— Argyro Kazaki
“...provides a great reference for servlet and JSP development. ”
— Dave Fecak, Philadelphia Area Java Users' Group