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Dustin Eldridge

Joined: Feb 04, 2008
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Does this book get into makeing like a form and using a database behind it. And for those who have used this book, would the javaranch round up class be good after or while I am going through the book?
marc weber

Joined: Aug 31, 2004
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I don't have the book with me, but as I recall, Head First won't get you all the way there, but it does provide a good foundation for what you're describing. There are a couple of chapters on Swing (GUIs), as well as a chapter on connections (sockets, ports, etc.) and concurrency (multi-threading). Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) is a bit more advanced, and I don't think it's covered in Head First.

I think the JavaRanch Roundup would be good to do while you're working through the book. It will give you more of a chance to put ideas into practice.
[ February 27, 2008: Message edited by: marc weber ]

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Dustin Eldridge

Joined: Feb 04, 2008
Posts: 20
Thanks Marc
Christopher Young
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Joined: Nov 02, 2007
Posts: 63
I outgrew HeadFirst after about two months or so as a totally new person to the programming world.

It's not a bad book. Actually, as someone pretty much completely new to even basic concepts such as primitive data and their ranges, and this thing or that thing, it helped a lot. It's written so that you understand the code, but not at a technical level, per se.

Honestly I prefer Sam's "Learn Java in 21 days", since it doesn't get superflouous at some point and always gives actual examples (unlike Head First), but might be a little hard to use if you're just starting out due to its technical nature.

Technology can never substitute for knowledge.
Austin Lee
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Joined: Feb 18, 2008
Posts: 56
I like this book.When I was a newbee, it's so useful for me.
nige norfolk

Joined: Mar 23, 2008
Posts: 2
Just started this book, after using the headfirst JavaScript book; seems to be okay, however, in chapter 2 (once upon a time in Objectville) I don't understand why they want to rotate a circle! Yes the other shapes can/should e rotated, but why not just leave the circle alone, and play a sound?
It's a circle - who'll ever notice if it's rotated or not?
I agree. Here's the link: http://aspose.com/file-tools
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