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Hello Kathy, Bert, and Trisha!

I've seen that the first edition of Head First Java was released in 2003. Wikipedia says, the most recent Java version then was 1.4. That was even before Generics in Java. Compared with today's Java or even java SE 8, you could do so much less with 2003 Java. I first learned about Java programming language in my last high school year's computer science class which must have been version 1.0 or 1.1 (we wrote an applet that moved Duke around in the browser window). I took me years to realise and to admire just how much of an early adopter my teacher was.

So, what fascinated you then (2003) about Java then?

Thank you!

Regards, Peter
 
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For me, I learnt Java at university in 1997-2001, I started with Java 1.1/1.2 there. I worked with Java after I graduated (learning about servlets and JSPs, and passed my certification on these technologies with help from Bert and Kathy's book!), and generally learnt new features of Java as the newer versions of Java were adopted by the place where I worked.

So the main reason I got into Java was because of my university. But I also had experience with the Microsoft stack (back then it was Visual Basic and COM objects) and web development. I went the Java route because of the "Write Once Run Anywhere" thing - I saw it used at large organisations, running on Unix boxes, mid-sized companies running on any spare Windows box, and startups using Linux. The open source community, frameworks like Spring, and a choice of IDEs made it a more interesting ecosystem to me than the alternatives.
 
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Peter Schuster wrote:Hello Kathy, Bert, and Trisha!

I've seen that the first edition of Head First Java was released in 2003. Wikipedia says, the most recent Java version then was 1.4. That was even before Generics in Java. Compared with today's Java or even java SE 8, you could do so much less with 2003 Java. I first learned about Java programming language in my last high school year's computer science class which must have been version 1.0 or 1.1 (we wrote an applet that moved Duke around in the browser window). I took me years to realise and to admire just how much of an early adopter my teacher was.

So, what fascinated you then (2003) about Java then?

Thank you!

Regards, Peter



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Thank you very much for your answers!
 
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