Head First Design Patterns: A Brain-Friendly Guide

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Oct 25, 2004 - Computers - 694 pages

What’s so special about design patterns?

At any given moment, someone struggles with the same software design problems you have. And, chances are, someone else has already solved your problem. This edition of Head First Design Patterns—now updated for Java 8—shows you the tried-and-true, road-tested patterns used by developers to create functional, elegant, reusable, and flexible software. By the time you finish this book, you’ll be able to take advantage of the best design practices and experiences of those who have fought the beast of software design and triumphed.

What’s so special about this book?

We think your time is too valuable to spend struggling with new concepts. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First Design Patterns uses a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works, not a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep.

 

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Fun to read book (for coding anyway). Not one you can sit down and curl up with, but the subject is approached in a more friendly and easy-to-digest format. Sometimes, I'd just like a more ... Read full review

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Easy to read and understand book with a boatload of patterns. Havent found a book yet that comes close to the number of patterns found in this gem! Read full review

Contents

Intro to Design Patterns
1
the Observer Pattern
37
the Decorator Pattern
79
the Factory Pattern
109
the Singleton Pattern
169
the Command Pattern
191
the Adapter and Facade Patterns
235
the Template Method Pattern
275
the Iterator and Composite Patterns
315
the State Pattern
385
the Proxy Pattern
429
Compound Patterns
499
Better Living with Patterns
577
Leftover Patterns
611
Index
631
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Eric Freeman recently ended nearly a decade as a media company executive, having held the position of CTO of Disney Online & Disney.com at The Walt Disney Company. Eric is now devoting his time to WickedlySmart.com and lives with his wife and young daughter in Austin, TX. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale University.

Elisabeth Robson is co-founder of Wickedly Smart, an education company devoted to helping customers gain mastery in web technologies. She's co-author of four bestselling books, Head First Design Patterns, Head First HTML and CSS, Head First HTML5 Programming, and Head First JavaScript Programming.

Bert Bates is a 20-year software developer, a Java instructor, and a co-developer of Sun's upcoming EJB exam (Sun Certified Business Component Developer). His background features a long stint in artificial intelligence, with clients like the Weather Channel, A&E Network, Rockwell, and Timken.

Kathy Sierra has been interested in learning theory since her days as a game developer (Virgin, MGM, Amblin'). More recently, she's been a master trainer for Sun Microsystems, teaching Sun's Java instructors how to teach the latest technologies to customers, and a lead developer of several Sun certification exams. Along with her partner Bert Bates, Kathy created the Head First series. She's also the original founder of the Software Development/Jolt Productivity Award-winning javaranch.com, the largest (and friendliest) all-volunteer Java community.

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