<pre>Author/s : Elisabeth A. Freeman, Eric Freeman, Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra Publisher : O'Reilly Category :Design Patterns, UML, and Refactoring Review by : David O'Meara Rating : 10 horseshoes</pre> Make sure you read the introduction so that you know what you're getting into, and to realize you're getting into something great. Rather than being a group of books with little real point of difference, the Head First principles - outlined in the introduction - are geared towards presenting real problems and real solutions with real learning. But we're supposed to be talking about Head First Design Patterns.
The list of patterns presented is small compared to other books, but this works well since the coverage is more about learning the basic patterns well with a solid understanding. Also of great value is the way each pattern is taught by presenting common problems with the obvious, but wrong, solutions and then leading you out of the hole you dug and highlighting the important steps towards a better and more maintainable solution.
I was particularly impressed how the presentation of each pattern was built on solid Object Oriented concepts. But rather than assuming you know these advanced concepts, they are integrated into the learning exercise and presented as a cohesive bundle. The book is also structured so it refers back to and reinforces both the pattern and OO lessons as you progress.
It's hard to find real fault with the book. At times it jumps between topics, is repetitive and a bit irreverent, but this is all part of the formula and exactly what is promised.
Beginner or experienced, you better be careful or you might learn something. </review>
I concur with David. I thought I knew design patterns really well, but after reading this book, I gained a bigger and better understanding, and learned more patterns that I really didn't know that well. I also learned where my beliefs about certain patterns before were wrong.
The style of this book, to put things in real world terms that everyone can understand, has opened the world of design patterns for everyone to understand, not just us geeks.
I think all the Head First books are wonderful, but I think this is probably going to be the one of the most important and influencial books about development that has ever been released.
Mark [ November 17, 2004: Message edited by: Mark Spritzler ]
a great book. I have no words to describe how much I'm learning while reading it. Many thanks to Eric and Elisabeth Freeman for the great book. I also think that the head first strategy will be a big revolution on the way we learn.
I have already expressed all my excitment on this book on thispost.
Hello, Purchased the book about a week ago and was so excited to get it. I just finished chapter one and now I know what a Strategy pattern is...pretty cool. So far, the book is great! This is my second purchase of the "HF" series and plan to buy more (waiting for the revised HF Java). The approach taken will keep anyone from dieing of boredom!
Hi, I have just started with first chapter. I have to admit that at first I thought there were too much "distractions" ( I am 'serious' type of person!) but I could not help laughing (I tried hard! "see I have no body!"),thinking while I went on. I am finding this book entertaining and intriguing!
indeed this book is a real gem. I knew the theory, what the patterns look like (after all, other pattern books bombard you with that constantly). What I'd missed so far was how and when to best use them (other pattern books don't tell you that). That's the part this book provides very well indeed.
People always complain about pattern abuse, were more pattern books written with the ideas behind HF Design patterns in mind that abuse would be far less severe.
Erich Gamma: ... When I started teaching it was really boring, because I was just enumerating the patterns. I found it far more interesting to try to motivate with real examples how to apply patterns. In other words, you really need to present the problem in a realistic context�synthetic examples do not fly. At OOPSLA I received a Heads First Design Patterns book [see Resources]. It's a great book, not only because it is fun to read but also because they are able to communicate the essence of design patterns in a novel and highly visual way.