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juliane gross
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Originally posted by Kathy Sierra:

And yes, there will be more Head First Java books. The next one is the EJB book, and right after that (I think) is a Servlets/JSP book (which is also a study guide for the SCWCD exam, but is still focused on *learning* the technology). There are several other ideas for after that, and some with other authors, but we REALLY want suggestions. We're hoping that once it is out there, people will be able to tell us which topics they think would benefit from having a Head First approach...

Originally posted by Matthew Anderson:

Hi Kathy,
How about a Head First book for SCJA? There are really limited books for this cert (2, I think)and they don't cover a lot on the essential concepts. Perhaps you could put the cartoons and funky illustrations to good use in explaining J2EE design patterns or even create some memory mnemonics for helping us to understand the entire J2EE architecture! I would love to have a book like that in preparing for SCJA.

I also would like to whish a wish :
Playing around with programming languages
involves more or less mathematics; and if you
want to do some IT stuff at university: voila:
again you have to think the mathemtaical way,
often enough.
I am struggling with finding books helping; I know it should be not that difficult, just a different way of thinking you have to get used to.
A Head First approach to Mathematics for Programmers would be MOST helpful (at least for
the student lot of us )
Amy Phillips
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Joined: Apr 02, 2003
Posts: 280
Yeah I agree I often find myself wondering how to work something out when I know the solution contains mathematics. I could REALLY do with a good book to help me out.
Michael Morris
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A set that might help you is the classic The Art of Computer Programming by Donald Ervin Knuth.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction. - Ernst F. Schumacher
Steve Fahlbusch

Joined: Sep 18, 2000
Posts: 601

Or Try
Concrete Mathematics: A Foundation for Computer Science (2nd Edition)
by Ronald Graham, Oren Patashnik, Donald Ervin Knuth
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