... and if you decide to put the L: Pink Shirt Arms Overhead girl on the cover, I anticipate that our wives would like to master Design Patterns too, because "... if that girl can learn it, why I can't master these Design Patterns ?!?! "
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First of all, I would like to compliment the person(s) who came up with this great Marketing Campaign!
From what I have seen there are many winners.
The way I would approach it, and I am not sure if any one else has used this idea or not, is I would like to see 4 people on the cover, 2 male and 2 female. These folks would represent the 4 authors of the book. Not quite sure which 4 since they all look good to me, so I would leave that choice up to the authors (Elisabeth Freeman, Eric Freeman, Bert Bates and of course Kathy Sierra).
I'm a COBOL/DataStage programmer who was recently offered an opportunity to join the Java team at my work. I feel fortunate to enter the field during the "Head First" era. I definitely feel the choice should be C. He's got the same look on his face that I've gotten many times while reading Head First Java. It's the "Oh!" look. The "Aha! Now that makes sense" look. The pre-Eureka look that Archimedes got in his bathtub when his mind first grasped the buoyancy principle, right before he ran down the street naked in his exuberance. That's when he got the pained, teeth-chattering dang-it's-cold-out-here look. The goal of the book's authors is to plaster that look on the faces of Java developers across the land. By using the "Oh!" guy on the cover, you will advertise the book's purpose. You will show the reader what they will look like after reading it. "Begin with the end in mind" - I think I read that on a fortune cookie somewhere. But please don't use A:Flower Girl. We guys need to be able to concentrate.
Design Pattern, in a strict sense, A, E, F and P are somewhat connected, rest are all merely plain. A. Flower Girl - colorful different objects one upon another giving a soothing emotional impact, exactly fits into Design Pattern paradigm. E. Blonde with Stripes - Each stripe not related to another, not in conjunction with the Design Pattern. F. Plaid guy - Checked - lots of intersections, not good example of Design Pattern. P. Biker Couple - very loosely connected.
Mrs. Biker: Baby, what do you see in me Mr. Biker: Oh darling, I see in you the spring in your eyes, your hair in the wind like waving fields of corn reaching for the red glowing sun on the horizon, your sweet voice sounds to me like a lullaby of forgotten childhood years... Mrs. Biker: Ok, what do you need... Mr. Biker: Ehm , can I go out with the gang? Mrs. Biker: Always, the same pattern (when is he going to propose )