How Head First Helps You Learn
(For a more in-depth explanation of how Head First works, check out the Head First Formula.)
Learning isn't something that just happens to you. It's something you do. You can't learn without pumping some neurons. Learning means building more mental pathways, bridging connections between new and pre-existing knowledge, recognizing patterns, and turning facts and information into knowledge (and ultimately, wisdom).
Here's how we help you do that:
We tell stories (PDF) using casual language, instead of lecturing. We don't take ourselves too seriously. Which would you pay more attention to: a stimulating dinner party companion, or a lecture?
We make it visual (PDF). Images are far more memorable than words alone, and make learning much more effective. They also make things more fun.
We use attention-grabbing tactics. Learning a new, tough, technical topic doesn't have to be boring. The graphics are often surprising, oversized, humorous, sarcastic, or edgy. You might not expect a girl in a bathtub discussing key object-oriented principles, but there she is. Or the woman pulling a duck from an ATM machine. Or the disembodied head on a table. The page layout is dynamic: no two pages are the same, and each one is crafted to keep the right mix of text and images. Examples are usually fun, strange, or both.
What People are Saying...It's fast, irreverent, fun, and engaging. Be careful; you might actually learn something!
— Ken Arnold, former senior engineer at Sun Microsystems, and coauthor of "The Java Programming Language," with James Gosling
I feel like a thousand pounds of books have just been lifted off my head.
— Ward Cunningham, inventor of the Wiki and founder of the Hillside Group
I literally love this book. In fact, I kissed this book in front of my wife.
— Satish Kumar, Head First Design Patterns reader
Who are the people behind Head First?
The O'Reilly TeamLaurie Petrycki, General Manager
Elisabeth Robson, Director of Special Projects
Brett McLaughlin, Series Editor
Louise Barr, Development Editor
Brian Sawyer, Editor
Courtney Nash, Editor
Caitrin McCullough, Web Producer
Brittany Smith, Production Editor
Karen Shaner, Editorial Assistant
Series CreatorsBert Bates
- Bryan Basham
- Bert Bates
- Lynn Beighley
- Elisabeth Freeman
- Eric Freeman
- Jennifer Greene
- David Griffiths
- Dawn Griffiths
- Heather Lang
- Brett McLaughlin
- Russ Miles
- Michael Morrison
- Dan Pilone
- Tracey Pilone
- Gary Pollice
- Rebecca Riordan
- Kathy Sierra
- Andrew Stellman
- Dave West
- And more to come...
For review copies, contact Kathryn Barrett, Publicist
Check out the What We're Reading page to see the books we find particularly inspiring.
Here are some of the latest books we're reading at the Labs:
A Theory of Fun for Game Design
by Raph Koster
The Language Instinct
by Steven Pinker
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
by Stephen King
The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers
by Christopher Vogler
For more recommendations, check out the What We're Reading page.
Head First Ajax
Chapter 1 Excerpt
Head First Algebra
Head First C#
Chapter 4 Excerpt
Chapter 7 Excerpt
Head First Design Patterns
Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML
Head First Java, 2nd Edition
Head First Object-Oriented Analysis & Design
Head First PMP
Free Practice Exam
Critical Path Drill
Head First PHP & MySQL
Chapter 5 Excerpt
Head First Physics
Head First Rails
Head First Servlets & JSP, 2nd Edition
Head First Software Development
Head First SQL
Chapter 7 Excerpt
Chapter 8 Excerpt
Head First Statistics
Head First Web Design