This week's book giveaway is in the Mac OS forum. We're giving away four copies of a choice of "Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite" or "Take Control of Automating Your Mac" and have Joe Kissell on-line! See this thread for details.
I think more highly than he does of the Teach Yourself X in 24 Hours (or 21 Days) concept, naturally, but there's a concept in his essay that I've used to motivate my kids. It's the idea that it takes 10,000 hours of practice and effort to be great at something. I told my kids they'll never have more time to become great at something than when they are in their teens. My oldest son is devoting himself to becoming an animator. When I was his age I was writing software (mostly BBSes) on my Commodore 64.
The goal of the 24 Hours book is to leave no beginners behind. A reader who spends 24 one-hour sessions with the book will progress through the fundamentals of the language by creating working programs and writing some of their own.
Joined: May 08, 2014
The book teaches by example.
I think your way of teaching the java programming language is a correct one. Java working examples can help one advance rapidly. To explain that, i think it is better to teach someone how to fish right away in water than waste time on how a line is made or attached to a hook. By the way, will you put a version of your book online?
Joined: May 13, 2014
The publisher offers the book in several ebook formats and it may be available as part of an O'Reilly Safari subscription, but there are no plans to put the whole thing online outside of that.
I hope your book could help tp my little brothers, I really want them to learn Java using examples, you know kids get tired when they find lots of chapters in a book. I also will use it, because learning Java right now, The current topic I'm looking is JSP, so it would be good to review basic Java.
Joined: May 13, 2014
I love hearing about kids learning Java. I was around 12 when I began coding on a Timex Sinclair 1000 in the '70s.
There's a special edition of my book coming out exclusively at Barnes & Noble in two weeks that has a bonus chapter on using Java to create Minecraft mods. The release date is May 27.