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Hey Bert, Kathy and Trisha,

Hope you're all doing well and Happy to virtually talk with you all.

It was all funny and exciting to read the previous HeadFirst Java editions. Being said that the book was not at all like reading a technical book.  Kathy and Bert - You are best teachers when coming to teach Java stuff as like we can see throughout the previous editions. Trisha you would also be as part of this edition I hope.

We could learn along with lots of dogs, coffee cups, coding pool, java cross word puzzles, Dogs learning polymorphism, crossword puzzles, code Magnets, funny and humorous cartoons,  pictures, pool puzzles, Horses, beers   , beer mugs and the list will go on with long smile.   Happy to know, what that kind of stimulating and skilful learning methodologies are introduced through this edition?.

What memorable event happened during the writing of this book? Like while designing gaming puzzles, drawing cartoons suitable to the java stuff, if that's being part of this edition like the previous two.

I'm more keen to recommend this new edition to growing junior coding geeks around me, because I really feel it will be a great way for them to learn java through this kind of inspiring teaching method  .

If you're requested to give some tips for junior java programmers what that would be? Especially those who are enthusiastic about developing new games Wishing you all the best for this book promo to become successful.

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Mohammed Sardar.
 
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Hi Mohhamed,

Thanks for your kind words.

After 19 years, and teaching hundreds of teachers how to teach better, we still believe strongly in what we said in the book's introduction about how to teach. More specifically, we primarily use "linear pedagogy" to teach in this book. We think that if a teacher is using linear pedagogy, the Head First books are very good examples of how to make linear pedagogy as brain friendly as possible. Briefly, your "mind" might want to learn Java. But your "brain" does not. So we use all the techniques you mention to help the brain decide that Java is worth learning

More recently, Kathy and I have been creating learning systems using non-linear pedagogy. It's very exciting, but we're not yet far enough along to use non-linear pedagogy in a book.

As far as tips go, I would say (and some of this might be controversial):

- in the beginning, don't use an IDE, compile and run your code from the command line.
- try writing lots of tiny programs. We wrote hundreds and hundreds of tiny programs when we were writing this book, as a way to test stuff out.
- get really, really clear on how Java uses the stack and the heap, and how objects and reference variables work on the stack and the heap.
 
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Thanks Bert. It's a pleasure to hear from you that you're working to creating a learning systems based on non-linear pedagogy and hope that system will be educative and informative to new up coming learners. Thanks for your tips and Have a nice day.
 
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