This week's book giveaway is in the General Computing forum. We're giving away four copies of Arduino in Action and have Martin Evans, Joshua Noble, and Jordan Hochenbaum on-line! See this thread for details.
My choice would be "G". I just asked my girlfriend which model she liked best on a book cover. (she didn't even know what the book is about Since her choice is "G" without any particular reason, mine is "G" too.
Plaid's real name is Matthew Edmond Fitzgerald (His mother has an obsession with Gordon Lightfoot and there's talk in the family that she may have been a groupie in the 70's.) but he goes by the name of Matt.
Matt was one of those guys in school that all the teachers liked, that the guys wanted to be like, and the girls wanted to date. He was good looking and personable. Everything came easy to him. He lettered in track, baseball, basketball (His mom wouldn't let him play football - she was afraid he would get hurt.) AND he made straight A's.
But the kids in the Math, Science, Chess, and Computer clubs didn't fall for Matt's charm. They proudly brandished their dexterity in the esoteric fields of math and computers over students like him. THEY were novitiates in the priesthood of computers and computer programming. Only THEY understood the strange language and concepts required to work with these mysterious machines.
Then one fateful day Matt wandered in to a meeting of the Computer Club. The club advisor, Mr. Melman, welcomed Matt as a way of making the Computer Club "cool". Maybe if Matt stayed other students would join. The students welcomed Matt so that they could enjoy watching him flounder as he tried to grasped the concepts that they themselves had struggled with.
As it happened, the subject that day was object-oriented programming. The students were thoroughly familiar with Loops, Structs, If .. Then statments but object-orientation was proving a bit troublesome. They were practically giddy with the prospect of watching Matt get totally lost.
But something strange happened. Matt took to the subject almost instinctively. He couldn't tell you an If statement from a Try/Catch block but he immediately grasped the concept of creating an object reference and then being able to access any of that object's properties.
Matt asked Mr. Melman, "I think it's great that you can create a student object and a teach object but teachers and students have things in common. Why couldn't you just create one general object and then let each specific object use the general object's properties?"
The students around Matt started snickering. Eileen even laughed out loud. They sat back to watch Mr. Melman ridicule Matt.
"That's RIGHT Matt! That's called 'inheritance' and it's a subject I usually don't cover for another few meetings. Very good!" You could almost hear the sound of the other student's jaws hitting their desks.
From that moment on Matt took to computer programming in general, and object-oriented programming specifically, like a duck takes to water. That summer Matt interned at a local software development firm. In the fall he started college at the local state college where he majored in Computer Science. In the summers he would work for the firm where he interned putting to use what he learned in school.
When Matt graduated he started working full-time for the small firm and after a year was made a lead programmer. Matt was a tireless advocate for O-O principles and constantly preached the gospel of object-oriented programming, analysis, and design.
A year later the small firm somehow won a contract to provide a complete web-based customer service application for a multi-state financial services firm. Matt was put in charge of designing the system and functioning as the lead programmer. The project was delivered ahead of schedule and under budget due primarily to the O-O design Matt came up with and the O-O principles he insisted on during development.
The client was so pleased it gave the small firm a substantial bonus and awarded them several other contracts they were considering. The firm's reputation grew so great that several other multi-state firms and two international companies awarded their business to the small firm.
The owner of the now much larger firm were so pleased that they made Matt a partner and promoted him to Chief Software Architect. During the party to celebrate Matt's promotion he met the owner's daughter. They started dating and eventually got married.
Today they live in a $500,000 house and drive expensive, luxury cars and have 2 beautiful children, a son, 6, and a daughter, 4. Today Matt was playing with the children when his daughter asked him, "Daddy, what's an 'interface'?".
Its definitely has to be the girl in pink. She is very pretty, smart and someone who will keep inspiring not to part with the book.
When objects will give us too much to think, We can always go back and have a look at girl in pink, Coz she does not use data hiding or encapsulation, She is smiling and smiling in all conditions, So we can concentrate on object composition, And make the software meet customer expectation
Well my reasons for doing this contest is to try and better myself at java and programming in general and also to bolster my paltry book collection.
I studied the pictures in depth, well not that in depth as they are a bit out of proportion/perspective.
But in my observations I came up with a reasoning about each picture that I think is a fair one.
Picture�. Sorry, Model number 1: I am sorry but this guy looks as if he is squatting to have a poo, and that is not a good promo for a serious programming book, not unless you want your buying public to think it is poo. Also the brown shirt is the metaphor for what he is in the process of. I think you will agree�. No, just me then?
Model 2 is looking as if she is very happy in the fact she has overcome her nightmare of objects and that Head First Java made it all the easier. She is partying to the fact that she has found Java objects easier with this book so she is out dancing with her friends celebrating her Java exam pass�� Plus she is hot!!!
While Model 3 is portraying that he is in fact too intelligent for this book, and that he thinks it is too easy. He is intending on hacking his way through this book and taking over the world�
Model 4 looks too much like Turk from Scrubs. He should be on the cover of Head First Surgery �How to play operation without hitting the sides� book, he is just missing the surgeons uniform.
Meanwhile model 5 is looking too laid back. He looks as if he doesn�t want to pick up his copy of Head First Objects, he�ll do it tomorrow while some other more deserving person could have his copy and further their knowledge in the wonderful world of Java.
Model 6�� what can I say about model 6�� although she is another hotty, she is a school teacher, and some people never got on well in school, but actually find studying in their own time easier. I mean, although she may be ok for a cover of a book, I feel as if, she is giving me homework after I have done my fair share of the chapters of the book but why should I have homework, I am doing the Head First Objects book at home!
Last but not least model 7, sorry he is too geeky, as if he is too anxious about this book, he is also hiding behind his sunglasses a sinister ulterior motive. There is an evil laugh about to erupt on his face, and I for one don�t trust him. He looks as if he would creep of the cover of the book and run into your room and hide under the bed, make noises until you look under one side then the other, yes people just like in the movie Poltergeist.
So my Conclusion would be model number 2, the hot, sexy, gorgeous pink lady, but although she is my winner for reasons above, I will be fair and give you an order of preference.
Winner = Hot Pink Lady� model number 2 2nd = Sweet School Teacher� model number 6 3rd = Poo Guy� model number 1 4th = Laid Back Guy� model number 5 5th = World Dominator Hacker� model number 3 6th = Turk from Scrubs� model number 4 7th = Creepy Laugh Dude� model number 7 [ January 20, 2006: Message edited by: Davy Kelly ]
Well I was really hoping I could say B (pink) mainly because she is fun and sexy and that is what I like (and may be if you are in the right mood, the moon is correctly positions and you have just got that new how to work so is Java). I also had some good ideas to why I thought I would have to say B (pink) as well. For starters whenever I reflect on the gender bias in software development the first thing I think of is Lady Ada Lovelace working with Charles Babbage on the Analytical Engine, she had a fantastic mind and to think that programming was first driven forward by a lady (in both senses) has always made me think about preconceptions. Also with Byron as a dad I better if you got to know her you could and gate crashed some amazing parties! In a similar way I remember talk to my dad about the computing industry when he started. He has always said that before the computing degrees he always employed a significant number of English language students as they understood the art of concise logical paragraphs that individually performed a specific task but as a group produce a complex argument or story, that they understood the importance of grammar, structure and style consistency. So from the start of computing I see a significant female involvement. Furthermore from my own experiences in a small software development group I have often found the lack of a feminine perspective. That is not to say the view of a woman, but a view that is less a list of bullet points and more empathic and role based. It is true that a male can provide this view point, in fact when discussing details with female clients I will normally adopt a more feminine view point. However back in the office this can be easily lost, err and let�s face it, a female is more likely to be feminine. So I would like to have that balance redressed
So why not F Green then, well this is my next point to why I was hopping I would choose B. I feel that Green is a little too nerdy (oh and nerdy rather then geeky). The green tank-top is not even tomboy-esk it is just nerdy, I don�t think in a particularly ironic way either. With this in mind and with the knowledge that good research most be a test of endurance and hard work I ask a group of attractive young females (mainly dancers, film students and English students) who were reading a glossy �woman�s interest� magazine why they would choose one magazine over another. They said that it was generally the cover that won them over, furthermore that given the option it would be some one like Pink that tempted them rather then Green. (On a side note I have often though as a straight male I am very lucky that both men�s and women�s magazines are covered with beautiful women� Odd then that I generally buy computer magazines, with a box on the front or a scientific magazine normally with some exciting pictures from a deep space probe on them). You see deep down I think that Green is acting all nerdy not because that is her but in the hope that nerdy guys will be a little more desperate and even though she is attractive her low self-esteem will not let her except that. So Green is not the cover for me.
All was going well then for my selection of Pink, I then took a look to refresh my memory on the other covers. For starters then there are 3 females to 2 males, so the more women argument is not looking to good. Most of all though they are all basically white, which I don�t think is a good message to portray to people new to development. I then spoke to a friend who worked first in production and then in sales of books for one of the largest publishing houses. Her job in particular is coordinating international sales, tweaking covers for the different markets. Now she told me some disturbing news about the effect of ethnicity on book sales, I don�t want to go into them as although I believe them to be true, I don�t have to hand empirical information. However I think we are on solid ground with the options we have. So here goes, time for me to make a decision.
I think we should go for A brown, I think he looks professional but relaxed and easy to talk to. His clothes are not formal but at the same time have a sense of individual style and confidence.
Finally on a slightly foolish comment but WTF is going on with C freaking head it�s massive. I hope he doesn�t ever use a pencil sharpener as that huge melon is going to keep the shavings in orbit. I mean going to a fancy dress parties does he just paint his head red and go as a balloon. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but if anyone says C they are wrong and probable suffering from some strange psychological attachments to that huge white ball from the prisoner (http://www.jetsetmodern.com/images2/prisonerrover6.gif)
PS sorry this was a bit long wasn�t it� perhaps I should of just said A at the start
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Please this is a heart felt plea.
My little furry friend has gone missing and I had a letter left on my porch it was made up of cut outs from newspapers different letters of different sizes.
the letter said: "If the guys that are doing the contest about Head First Objects don't pick the Pink Lady, then your furry friend gets put to sleep forever. yours sincerely the ulterior motive model #7"
so please if you do decide on a model for your book cover please consider my furry little friends well being.
your making it up
[ January 20, 2006: Message edited by: Davy Kelly ]
C laid -> No moral means to his picture, but he�s goat the right eye look! It shows why we need to reed this book, like if theirs happiness on the back of his head and it said, �there's something that he knows and we don�t!� Basically I think this picture reflects the I need with the why I need.
And can mean also the �I�m getting paid� look!
Joined: May 22, 2003
I still stand with my choice of G: Gray - but I have a thought..... (forgive me for thinking its an original one, but I dont have time to read through everyone's posts to check)
My thought : Head first centerfold!! - for that time when you get to the middle of the book and dont really feel like carrying on.
Thats when you definitely need Pink or Green for inspiration and renewed interest - because who knows what else the HF team slipped in. [ January 20, 2006: Message edited by: Chris Brat ]
Joined: Jan 19, 2001
"kidjim", welcome to Javaranch! There's a special message for you over here.
I'm in Alaska, standing hip deep in snow. More snow in the forcast, Wouldn't ya know! I heard of a contest, I'm to choose whom will be the best, I go to the site and what do I see, A lady in pink, she stands out from the rest. A bit of bright, A smile of light, Maybe it will quit snowing!!
It so has to be "B: Pink"... Let's face it: the cover is meant to sell books, so... A pretty face is a good choice. There are other reasons too:
-I can't remember seing any HF covers with a model using boots: new is good -She has a pretty smile: happy is good (if you just read an Objects book and you are still happy, you must have learnt something) -She looks relaxed: "Objects are so easy to learn..." -And, one of the most important things: as Kathy keeps saying at C.P.Users: "sexy is good".
If you don't pick her for the cover, could you at least put her picture somewhere else in the book? :roll: Or maybe her phone number? Or both? [ January 20, 2006: Message edited by: MTulio Borges ]
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"Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." - Calvin
Ahh, what can I say about my Desiree (your Miss Pink). I first met Ms L'Objee at a conference in Brussells. She was aloof but flirty, a Model of perfection. Her eyes held the promise of Relationship; the way the corners of her mouth curved into her cheeks spoke of Integrity. I was smitten.
We spoke of many things that evening. She let me know she was looking for no Strings, while I...well I was caught, no Exception.
We walked the streets of the city that night, the street lights Reflected on her cheeks letting me know this was a woman of Class.
She still haunts my dreams. Choose her for your book cover, and she will haunt yours. Desiree L'Objee, your Miss Pink...
Even if the voices <i>aren't</i> real, they still have some good ideas!
I would go for B: Pink since she makes you think that objects are not out of order that you will not get an eating disorder but a lot of fun because with them you will have the work done and some spare time for cutie so I am for B the beauty
Brown made a difference from others by sitting.But he doesn't stand for the book. Pink is so cool as Rose but she is not Steady.(arms first) Plaid looks smart but he resembles blade(word). White who has all colour within himself seems to have nothing in his pocket. Blue refers to Ocean of knowledge but he has nothing left over his head ... Green as Fresh as Vegetable... No one loves to take vegetable Gray refers to dull color but here he is laughing.
All colors has + and -, and I go for... Veg... Green... Though no one is going to eat,,, everyone love to have a Fresh Copy
Arguably, yes, the women sell more books, but there are now more Head First books with women on the covers than with men on the covers (unless I'm mistaken!
Frankly, I don't intend to buy any HF books in order to drool on the cover photo, my interest lies in the entertaining format, and educational content.
With that in mind...
My choice (again) is C - Plaid. This gentleman looks as if he's got a secret. That if you buy him lunch, he'll share it with you, and it will make your life much easier....
So easy in-fact, that you can keep up your deadlines with one hour of work in the mornings, then spend the rest of the day with him on Slashdot posting "Dupe" or getting into religious wars about Linux and Microsoft.
Who wouldn't want that?!? [ January 22, 2006: Message edited by: Curtis Brown ]
I ran this program and my choice is the one who got the least number of hits (he doesnot likes being disturbed when reading Head First Objects )
And the winner is G:Grey.
A : Brown --> 155 B : Pink --> 162 C : Plaid --> 138 D : White --> 145 E : Blue --> 121 F : Green --> 161 G : Grey --> 118
Wow, what an object oriented way of finding out the correct model for the book that teaches OO in a completely spectacular way The grey guys looks like one of the geeks out there will all the OO stuff in his head ready to spill it over to the readers. [ January 23, 2006: Message edited by: Reghu Ram T ]
From the point of view that this is a 'Ranch' and I'm sure we all subscribe to both kinds of music (Country & Western). I submit a 2nd attempt to sway ya'll towards Gray. My apologies to Toby Keith and his 'I Love This Bar' tune:
We got winners, we got losers Pink dancers and Plaid boozers And we got White yuppies, we got bikers We got thristy Gray hitchhikers And the Green girl is an Object of romance
Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this ranch
We got Brown cowboys, we got Blue truckers Bronco Dave Wood but none named Zucker And we got Bartenders, we got Ranch-Hands Greenhorns who love Java man And the veterans talk about Apache dance
Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this ranch
[Chorus:] I love this ranch It's Gray�s kind of place Just walkin' through the front door Puts a big smile on his face It ain't too far, come on and dance Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this ranch
I've seen short skirts, Pink�s got high-heels Blue-collar boys and Plaid�s deals And we got lovers, Green�s a looker And I've even seen Brown and White playing snooker And with these Object�s Gray�s still our best chance
Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this ranch Gray�s got the best stance
I went for a walk last night trying to clear my head after a long day of creating objects. All of sudden it was as bright as day. My eyes filled with fear when the thought that it may be a crazy country boy driving his monster truck bearing down on me. That fear was soon transformed into confusion when I saw nothing behind me. The next thing I was knew I was in room with short skinny dudes with big black eyes and long fingers. A tall figure entered the room and told me not to be frightened. It said they were the last of a dieing race and wanted to pass on some of there knowledge so there legacy would live on. I put on this funky hat with blinky lights. My mind was soon filled with new and amazing ways of thinking about objects at a level way beyond my peers.
From this day forth out of respect for my friends from a galaxy far far away I will dress only in gray and since I now know all there is to know about objects the future is so bright I got to wear shades.
Dave Wood might have meet those aliens one night and was so inspired with there shiney blinky helmet of learning that he decided to write a book and share the gift he was given with the world.
Don�t upset the aliens and vote Gray. [ January 23, 2006: Message edited by: Bob Law ]