Hi. I really like the Head First Series. I'm definitely going to buy this one, also. My question is not specifically about Head First SQL but in general about the series: Are you planning on releasing or selling teaching aid products to help us teachers around the world use the books in our classrooms?
I'm not certain. I'll see if I can get one of the HF editors to step in and address this question...
Lynn Beighley<br />Author, Head First SQL
Joined: Sep 01, 2004
We're definitely working on expanding our presence -- and therefore our offerings -- in the educational space. Right now, we're quite close to releasing our first set of academic supplements to a title (I won't mention which until I have a firm release date). In this case, we're including over a hundred additional questions, about 20 to 25 shorter, week-style or (for the ambitious) classroom homework projects, and even a few extensions for some longer 6-week or semester projects. And, everything is tied directly in with the book, from page references to building on examples and scenarios in the book. So it's an attractive package. We intend to build from there, adding slides and lecture notes, so a professor or teacher has everything they need to teach the book, except for students, expertise, and potentially tests (although we're exploring options for test banks there, too). We expect to have something before year's end; Head First Labs (http://www.headfirstlabs.com) always has the latest on those sorts of things.
And, to be clear, we want to move the supplement release closer and closer to book release, until (one day!) they coincide. Hope that helps.
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