It's from A Little Java, a Few Patterns:

Do not rush through this book. Allow seven sittings, at least. Read carefully. Mark up the book or take notes; valuable hints are scattered throughout the text. Work through the examples, don't scan them. Keep in mind the motto "Think first, experiment later."

So, what is the meaning of Allow seven sittings in given context?

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It means to "sit down to read and study" in seven separate sessions (taking a break between them).
I suppose to let the material sink in, so as to not rush through it.

In this phrase, sitting means:

3) a period of being seated at some activity" ⇒ to read a book in two sittings"

  • Could you please explain the etymology of Allow seven sittings? I mean, How does "sit down to read and study" in seven separate sessions come from Allow seven sittings?
    – Sayakiss
    Mar 5, 2016 at 3:58
  • Please check my edit.
    – user3169
    Mar 5, 2016 at 4:29
  • 2
    Also mention the word "allow" means "make time for" or "plan for."
    – Kevin
    Mar 5, 2016 at 5:16

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