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Our book made it to Amazon's "Best of 2006" list


Amazon put out their "Best of 2006" lists yesterday, and one of our Java books is in the Top Ten Computer Books list (we're #4 on the Top Ten Customer Favorites right below Dave and David's Rails book). I'm usually uncomfortable making the "oh aren't we special" posts, but this one is an exception because it was my co-hort Bert who did most of the updates on this new Java 5 edition, and he did a wonderful job.

I think the only big parts I did were Serialization (which I've been head over heels for since they added it to version 1.1), and the new Generics. The rest of the new (300+) added pages were Bert's doing, so... congratulations Bert.

This is the fourth straight year we've had a book in Amazon Top Ten Computer Books list, but this is the first time a non-Head First book made it. Thank you so much to all who've helped support the book since it first came out, especially to all the folks in the Javaranch SCJP forum who know more about what we meant when we wrote it than we do! (and thanks also to the 220 people who put put up Amazon US reviews on that book. They DO make a difference.)

And congratulations to all the other great books on the lists... including Robert and Shel's Naked Conversations which was named to the Top Ten Editor's Choice list. (Amazon puts out two year-end lists, "Customer Favorites"--which ours is on (and I think is based solely on sales) and the "Editor's Choice" list.)

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Congrats! I found "Creating Passionate Users" a couple of days ago (via Scoble's scobleizer) and have already decided I need to camp here for a few weeks and read everything (while I wait for the books to come from Amazon...) because it's fascinating :-)

If your books are anything like your blog I'll be a happy reader soon! If not - well I'll read anything so that's OK too.

Posted by: Salubri | Nov 28, 2006 9:38:49 AM

Congratulations for you guys!! As usual, you rock!!

What you might find interesting, is that one of my friends did the SCJP a few weeks ago. I told him to use the HF book for studying, and so he did. But the last few days of his study I also gave him the book you talk about in this post. Afterwards he told me that the HF alone was not detailed enough for him, and that he found the other book much better for the SCJP. For the content, that is, because the HF book was still much more fun to read. And he reckoned that if you don't want to do the SCJP but simply want to learn Java, the HF book is the best choice.

He passed bigtime btw, only using your books! Way to go! ;-)

Posted by: Jef | Nov 28, 2006 11:32:38 AM

That's so cool! Your SCJP guide is the "official book" of our office study group ;)

Posted by: Bill Mietelski | Nov 28, 2006 12:25:21 PM

Congrats Bert, hey Kathy you did say you hardly did any work on the upgrade ;)

Posted by: Johannes de Jong | Nov 28, 2006 10:27:00 PM

Congratulations Kathy! You and your team deserve this award for all the good books you write and publish. I'm a big fan of your "design patterns" and I have also enjoyed the servlets and the EJB books. Keep the good work!

Posted by: Lionel | Nov 29, 2006 12:49:42 AM

I'm intrigued and I guess my brain is having trouble filling in some of the gaps. I'm a great one for imitation and I'd understand how to use this principle better if you had some examples. I understand what you're saying and it makes sense I'd just like to see examples to spark ideas of how to put it to use.

Posted by: Michelle | Nov 29, 2006 6:30:29 PM

D'oh! I hit the wrong post, that comment was meant for "Cognitive Seduction". But congrats on the book too--

Posted by: Michelle | Nov 29, 2006 6:31:39 PM

Congrats Kathy!

I wanted to tell you before I forgot, I got your Head First HTML with CSS due to your blog, and I loved it; never thought a tech book would ever be this much fun and easy to read!

Posted by: Alvin | Dec 5, 2006 10:36:58 PM

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