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Do you prefer stimulating dinner party conversation to dry, dull, technical lectures? This is NOT a reference book. Head First Java is a book designed for learningnot an encyclopedia of Java facts.

Is your programming background limited to HTML only, with no scripting language experience? Are you afraid to try something different? Would you rather have a root canal than mix stripes with plaid? Your brain craves novelty. It was built that way, and it helps you stay alive. You just never know. So what does your brain do with all the routine, ordinary, normal things you encounter?

Getting ready for an exam. Or trying to learn some tough technical topic your boss thinks will take a scejws, ten days at the most. Resources that are better spent storing the really big things. Like the danger of fire. Like how you should never again snowboard in shorts. So what does it take to learn something? Based on the latest research in cognitive science, neurobiology, and educational psychology, learning takes a lot more than text on a page.

We know what turns your brain on. It also makes things more understandable. Put the words within or near the graphics they relate to, rather than on the bottom or on another page, and learners will be up to twice as likely to solve problems related to the content. Use a conversational and personalized style. Tell stories instead of lecturing.

Fiirst would you scdjas more attention to: Get the learner to think more deeply. In other words, unless you actively flex your neurons, nothing much happens in your head. A reader has to be motivated, engaged, curious, and inspired to solve problems, draw conclusions, and generate new knowledge.

And for that, you need challenges, exercises, and thought-provoking questions, and activities that involve both sides of the brain, and multiple senses. Your brain pays attention to things that are out of the ordinary, interesting, strange, eye-catching, unexpected. We now know that your ability to remember something is largely dependent on its emotional content. You remember what you care about.

You remember when you feel something.

Head First Java, 2nd Edition by Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra

If you really want to learn, and you want to learn more quickly and more deeply, pay attention to how you pay attention. Think about how you think. Learn how you learn. Most of us did not take courses on metacognition or learning theory when we were growing up.


We were expected to learn, but rarely taught to learn. To get the most from this book, or any book scvjws learning experience, take responsibility for your brain. Your brain on that content. Crucial to your well-being. As important as a tiger. So just how DO you get your brain to treat Java like it was a hungry tiger?

The slow way is about sheer repetition. You obviously know that you are able to learn and remember even the dullest of topics, if you keep pounding on the same thing. The faster way is to do anything that increases brain activity, especially different types of brain activity. For example, studies show that putting words within the pictures they describe as opposed to somewhere else in the page, like a caption or in the body text causes your brain to try to makes sense of how the words and picture relate, and this causes more neurons to fire.

On the other hand, if the writing style is formal and dry, your brain perceives it the same way you experience being lectured to while sitting in a roomful of passive attendees.

No need to stay awake. We used picturesbecause your brain is tuned for visuals, not text. And when text and pictures work together, we embedded the text in the pictures because your brain works more effectively when the text is within the thing the text refers to, as opposed to in a caption or buried in the text somewhere.

We used repetitionsaying the same thing in different ways and with different media types, and multiple sensesto increase the chance that the content gets coded into more than one area of your brain. We used concepts and pictures in unexpected ways because your brain is tuned for novelty, and we used pictures and ideas with at least some emotional contentbecause your brain is tuned to pay attention to the biochemistry of emotions. That which causes you to feel something is more likely to be remembered, even if that feeling is nothing more than a little humorsurpriseor interest.


We included more than 50 exercisesbecause your brain is tuned to learn and remember more when you do things than when you read about things. We used multiple learning stylesbecause you might prefer step-by-step procedures, while someone else wants to understand the acdjws picture first, while someone else just wants to see a code example. But regardless of your own learning preference, everyone benefits from seeing the same content represented in multiple ways.

We include content for both sides of your brainbecause the more of your brain you engage, the more likely you are to learn and remember, and the longer you can stay focused. Since working one side of the firsg often means giving the other side a chance to rest, you can be more productive at learning for a longer period of time.


So, we dcdjws our part. The rest is up to you.

The more you understand, the less you have to memorize. Imagine that someone really is asking the question. The more deeply you force your brain to think, the better chance you have of learning and remembering. We put them in, but if we did them for you, that would be like having someone else do your workouts for you.

That means all of them. Sometimes the questions are more useful than the answers. Stand-up, stretch, move around, change chairs, change rooms. Make this the last thing you read before bed. Or at least the last challenging thing. Part of the learning especially the transfer to long-term memory happens after you put the book down. Your brain needs time on its own, to do more processing. If you put in something new during that processing-time, some of what you just learned will be lost.

Your brain works best in a nice bath of fluid. Dehydration which can happen before you ever feel thirsty decreases cognitive function.

Speaking activates a different part of the brain. Better still, try to explain it out loud to someone else. Pay attention to whether your brain is getting overloaded. Your brain needs to know that this matters. Get involved with the stories. Scdkws up your own captions for the photos. Groaning over a bad joke is still better than feeling nothing at all.

Type and run the code examples. For long examples or Ready-bake code, you can download the source files from wickedlysmart. For the most part Java 6 added only a few minor additions to the API. It usually takes no more than two clicks from the main page to get to the J2SE downloads page. Get the latest non-beta version posted.

The SDK includes everything you need to compile and run Java. This book is based on Java 1. So, if you see Java 1. There was never a Java 3. It just means Java 5 on OS Firzt Go back to java. You need a text editor. Virtually any text editor will do vi, emacs, picoincluding the GUI ones that come with most operating systems. Notepad, Wordpad, TextEdit, etc. Tha bin directory is the one you need a PATH to, so that when you type:.

Actually, you should do that whether you have trouble sddjws not. This is a learning experience, not a reference book. We use simple UML- like diagrams. In this book, you can get on with the business of learning Java, without stressing over some of the organizational heav administrative details of developing Java scfjws.