But then I find this quote in the last thread (2003-Dec-29):
We do intend to write a patterns chapter and it will be available on the wickedlysmart website as a free download. When the chapter is ready we will let everyone on this forum know, so stayed tuned!
I don't imagine it ever got done? (Those "sharpen your pencil" answers probably took precedence.) I know, go away, you've got an SCJP 5.0 (in-waiting) mob rioting outside your door.
Great work - though I am a bit in Ice Penov's camp - I'm getting a bit tired with some of these individuals who seem to think its OK to require constant spoon feeding. You put together a great series of learning books (reference books are in a different category) and now it seems to be OK to wish/demand that everything should be this easy - there comes a point where you just have to learn to bite the bullet. Great work regardless.
Maybe you should consider adding a "Learn More" section (hopefully extending beyond the current publisher) at the end of the books, similar to Andrew Koenig/Barbara E. Moo's "Accelerated C++" (***)- to get the point across that one shouldn't just consume "Head First" fare - even if its just for the reason that there isn't enough of it.
*** "Annotated Bibliography" like you find in Kent Beck's "Extreme Programming Explained" or Martin Fowler's "Refactoring" final "References" section. [ October 02, 2005: Message edited by: Peer Reynders ]
Well you guys caught us! First off, we do apologize for never completing that chapter. Here's the real story...when we wrote the EJB book, the Head First series was brand new and we didn't really know if it was going to take off. We figured we'd have plenty of time to get back to that chapter "later" :roll:
So, long story short, we've been up to our eyeballs ever since - and it seems we're always late and behind schedule So, we're kind of forced to pick our battles, and although we've got some J2EE patterns on our list of things to do, so far other stuff has taken priority. Anyway, we ARE sorry, and it is on our list (now where did I put that list?)
Thanks for your patience!
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