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Update: Head First Java

We're in the final few days of wrapping up the new version of Head First Java. The main differences are that we tigerfied the content in the book (which doesn't have a big impact on most of it) to include autoboxing, the enhanced for, generics, co-variant returns, using String.format(), String.split() (instead of the deprecated StringTokenizer), and a couple of other things. But the biggest change in the book is that we're adding a new chapter on Collections--promoting it from an appendix topic to a first-class chapter topic. In the first edition, we covered ArrayList throughout the book, but discussed nothing else about collections until the appendix.

Given how shockingly fast O'Reilly is at getting our books from PDF-to-bookstore, I expect it'll be available in February. We'll post updates here and on javaranch as we narrow down the real dates. People have asked if we'll be putting a new "big-head" person on the cover, but the answer is no. : ) While the last two books have had women on the covers (see our about page for cover pictures), we're keeping our original Java guy for this new second edition of HF Java.

We'll probably have another You Pick The Cover contest for the *new* HF books the way we did with the HF Design Patterns book. Stay tuned for that...

I'm hoping that in a week or two we'll be able to tell you more about the next HF books coming out. I can tell you that none of the next batch is on Java... There are currently six other people besides Bert and I that are acting as the primary co-authors of the next HF books. We're VERY excited about that--we've had three HF author "bootcamps" so far, and it's taken quite a while for everyone to ramp up, but we've seen some chapters coming in that are really cool. If only we could make the tech book market come back even just a LITTLE...

Posted by Kathy on December 26, 2004 | Permalink

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Hi Kathy,

so what are the next HF books about? As I understand, you are in the middle of producing a new era of HF books. I'm curious what they are about.

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You said:

I'm hoping that in a week or two we'll be able to tell you more about the next HF books coming out. I can tell you that none of the next batch is on Java...
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Did I miss that information?

Any hints are welcome :)

Regards,
darya


Posted by: darya | Jul 8, 2005 12:49:16 PM

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