This week's book giveaway is in the Mac OS forum. We're giving away four copies of a choice of "Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite" or "Take Control of Automating Your Mac" and have Joe Kissell on-line! See this thread for details.
Go for F: Green, because I really like to work with women, and we have too few of them in the team. F obviously knows how to combine fun with expertise - I love her astute smile (although the term "sly old dog" somehow sounds inept...). B seems to be more into dancing, and we all know what music at the workplace does to creativity (you've read your "Peopleware", haven't you?)... [ January 15, 2006: Message edited by: Ilja Preuss ]
The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny - it is the light that guides your way. - Heraclitus
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A: Brown is the only possible choice! (Yes, I'm contradicting myself here. So what?)
The girls just make me think about coupling instead of decoupling - unacceptable for an OO book. And all the other guys, well, they are just smiling at me, as if they either don't know what they are doing and rely on me to make all the tough decisions; or they just had a brilliant design idea, but aren't going to tell me, just to see me struggle a little bit longer. That really upsets me!
A, on the other hand, just laid out his design proposal as CRC cards on the floor (why else would someone squat?) and invites me to discuss and refine it. He exudes confidence, openness and comradeship. Who wouldn't want to have him on the team?
A: Brown -1 He's squatting. Looks like someone reached over the stall with a camera. Worse, it looks like he didn't mind.
B: Pink -1 Too "Pinup-ish" Both arms over the head, body twisted into an 'S' curve and feet spread apart while wearing a skirt. Great shot but too suggestive for a Java book. Just what are we objectifying here?
C: Plaid +1 Move on to round 2
D: White -1 Not a real good picture. The wide lens seems to have elongated his head. It also doesn't help that it's shown smaller than the others. The worst part is that his smile looks forced and unsure. Not good qualities for a Java book.
F: Green +1 Move to Round 2
G: Gray -1 Maybe for web design. Certainly not for OOP. Looks like he just strolled in from a Phish concert. The pose is too square too. That, combined with the evil grin is too off-putting. If a book with that picture on the cover lived on my desk, I would certainly keep it face down.
E: Blue -1 Shows confidence but not geeky enough. Like with G: Gray, the superfluous ornaments (rings, and chain) make the person look a little too wrapped up in himself.
Tough fight between C and F.
C: Plaid looks like he just overcame a large hurdle. Happy but tired from the battle. Maybe he crammed all night before the test and is now confident that he did well. Not a bad look for a developer. Maybe too tired though. Teachers shouldn't be struggling with the concepts. If you're going to personify the book with a cover like this the person should be well past the 'cramming for tests' phase of their life. -1
In the end, F:Green wins. Attractive (face it, the target audience is overwhelmingly male), but not in an overly suggestive way. Smart looking and confident but not conceited or aloof. The kind of person I would be happy to go to for help with OOP.
Actually, F was the winner from the beginning. The rest of my time was spent figuring out what I didn't like about the others. Probably a better reason for choosing F as the cover of a book. We are talking "first impressions" here, right? [ January 15, 2006: Message edited by: Ben Souther ]
Why does HF model �G:Gray� beat out any of the other models? Hmmm, from a man�s point of view models B:Pink and F:Green are certainly attractive and might assist in books sales. Models A:Brown, E:Blue and D:White have their own confident air and have an attractive pull towards the female gender. (Sorry C:Plaid�dead last in my book. Stick you with a fork, you�re done). But back to the original question, what makes G:Gray the obvious choice? He represents the �essence� of Object, which is helpful being that is the subject of the book. From a high level view upon first glance we see someone who is �far out�. For the much of the intended audience the concept of Objects is �far out�. What else do we see? Well, Mr. G is clean-cut, has short wash and go hair, a simple yet non-wrinkled T-shirt that can be worn again and again and the necklace indicating there is more here than meets the eye. Here again soooo many parallels to Objects�.clean, simple, mobile, re-useable and but a lot under the covers.
Lastly, how can Mr. G�s expression be any better?? I love that happy, looking over the top of the glasses sort-of �Hey, we�re going to knock your socks off today!� attitude. He is exuding the feeling of we�re going to rock your world and have fun while we�re at it. So sit back, buckle in and open up your brain while Mr. G is your personal guide on the Object-land Express.
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First off they are the only three that have the play on perspective that is common on the other covers. If you are thinking of Headfirst book you want to big head on the cover.
C gets the bronze. Why? Because he looks more puzzeled than thinking I am trust him to teach me about objects.
F gets the silver. Why? First off she reminds me of my Ex so there is a total biased cute factor there. As much as I would like to see the cutie on the cover there was just one of HF Design Patterns. Besides I want to learn something not take her to dinner.
G wins by a nose. The geeky edge is there because you can tell he has spent hours watching Star Trek but is now trying to be cool. We all knows those guys who try to hard to be hip but never pull it off. If I want to learn something I don't go to the ubernerd because all I get is technobabble purposely trying to talk over my to make himself seem smart. Instead I would talk to the gray dude because there is no question he is a geek but he has spent enough time trying to be cool that he can explain the topic without feeling a need to four syllable as often as possible.
So sorry cutie(F) but I want to get my information without thinking about trying to get into your pants. When it comes to technical concepts I would rather get my information from a geeky than a date.
No one else, except Miss Pinky (B)! Doesn't she reminds you what you just did after slogging so many hours at work? Not forgetting how a dull, boring, thick concept book just bored the hell out of you?
Wouldn't it be so nice to stand & stretch those muscles/fats a bit & smile to yourself, thinking, "Hey, while those guys out there are working their asses out, I'd a head start, so let me chill out a while before kicking some butts! (watch out for those boots of hers especially the killer heels!)". Of course, the cold hard facts are, we're probably stretching after numerous hours of combating that elusive bug. But all the more makes it nicer to have a babe with a sweet smile on the same team (yes, I'm a guy).
With a fair mix of sexes on your team, a more complete picture (of the project) is usually seen. Don't forget, most of the time, our end-users are women (ok, perhaps for the stuffs that I'd been working on).
Now, if I haven't managed to convince/bore you, take a look at her again, those bright eyes will do the job.
I wanted someone who would be a typical representative of mine on the cover. Period. As a result, I had to elliminate women. ( I am not a male chauvinist, mind you!) Out of the remaining five men, my choice was pretty straightforward. I had to choose c laid for the simple reason that others had barely any hair on their heads.
choice A gives me an impression is that the book is serious about teaching people about Objects (I dont know what HFO is all about ). All other choices look funny and are not serious enough for learning about objects. [ January 17, 2006: Message edited by: Pradip Bhat ]
'G' because after reading the HFO book he has become expert in Java objects and looks relaxed, confident and cool (He wears cool glass) with a great smile. So if anyone wants to become like him buy the book.
Originally posted by Kishore Dandu: None. Because u guys haven't put a single indian or chinese guy in any of the covers before. What is happening with diversity in the work or book-shelf place???
Very true. Of course, there also haven't been any African-American (or African of any nationality, for that matter) models on the cover either (though there are some choices in this contest). I can't speak for O'Reilly on this, but I will say that we/they are somewhat constrained by the images available in the style that we're using for these covers. I've look at most of the available images and I don't recall seeing a whole lot of diversity.
Ultimately, it comes down to trying to figure out what cover will sell the most books...I don't think you can expect the publisher to have anything other than this as their top priority. I won't pretend to have any clue how to figure this out! (and I'm definitely not saying that a non-white-person cover would go against this goal!) The covers used on the HF books so far seem to have done quite well...but who knows -- arguably that had nothing (or very little) to do with the cover at all.
Anyway, I just wanted to take a minute to address this post. I didn't personally put together this selection of models, so I can't say much more than what I've said.
Thanks to those who have entered so far. I'm looking forward to reading all of the submissions!
...for this poem/rap, switch on the beatmachine...
Mr. Wood wrote a book that paid back the time he took
he put things down in such a way you'll forge ahead, you king and lay
he put things down and with no frown it's a jewel in the Head First crown
let's sex it up and add more spice even closed it will look nice
so there's a crown but where's the queen? clap your hands for Mrs. Green
[chorus] and now throw your hands in the air and wave 'em like ya just don't care
Gian [ January 23, 2006: Message edited by: Gian Franco Casula ]
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Originally posted by Ilja Preuss: Rick, great poem!
No matter how the HF folks decide - to me you are a winner!
Thankyou I had fun.
The HF series is simply the best technical education book series in existence - I only wish I could deliver content in a such an effective and fun manner. Most technical books are more an exercise in concentration and boredom control than in learning - HF makes it fun to learn.
I vote for F. She looks the most natural and less "product". She smiles if you want, but is sceptical and has a mind of her own. She could be a great companion throughout the book, asking all those questions that matter about this OO hocus pocus.
Looks smart... but not *too* smart. Intelligent, but not an absolute nerd. I want to learn from someone that is knowledgeable, but not someone that knows EVERYTHING there is to know about Java, OOP, and Star Wars.
Looks friendly and approachable.
Looks like he would take his students (assuming he was teaching a 5-day class) out for beers and Buffalo wings on Friday afternoon.
A: Brown -- too serious (I want to learn, but also have some fun) B: Pink -- too flirtatious (but can I have her phone number?) C: Plaid -- looks slightly clueless (like he should be learning, not teaching) D: White -- too "innocent" looking (belongs in a sitcom) F: Green -- too cute (hard to believe that's bad, isn't it?) G: Gray -- too "out there" (looks like a hippy from the 60s)
I'm looking through the posts here and a lot of people say "I think I could learn from this person because . . ." Well - maybe, but probably not. I think these people are models, not computer instructors.
Anyway - look at the covers of Head First Servlets & JSPs and Head First Design Patterns. Both have attractive girls on the cover. Though they are both great books, I bet that they sold more copies than they normally would have by putting attractive girls on the cover.
Girl F in Green is cute but in my humble opinion B takes the cake, and the cover.
Side note - I own the servlets book. The guy in the next cube over regularily covets the book and comments on what a great book it is (based on the cover). Then we get talking about it and we bring the "Design Patterns" book up on the 'net to look at the cover and compare the two.
B would bring some serious competition for the best Head First book cover.
I think the best is the Green one. Because she looks like a young pretty programmer and I think she'd have a good marketing effect, expecially on young students and programmers. Hers expression is not too serious, and it's professional and funny at the same time. She'd be a good colleague I think she is perfect for this book.
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Assume for the moment that I am unfamiliar with the Head First series of Java books. Assume for the moment that I have had an extremely boring time trying to slosh through mountains of boring writing while trying to learn Java. But I repeat myself.*
There are a horde of Java books out there, and if you want to sell me your product it must really jump out at me when I glance at the shelf. Once I pick up a 'Head First' book and start reading, I think a sale is almost guaranteed.
With that in mind, I'd have to go with F (Green). It's an attractive girl, which will always seize my attention. But unlike B (Pink), she's not wearing black leather boots with platform heels and offering an overly flirtatious glance. I think using B's boots and pose would make it harder to take the book seriously. Or in other words, you want to use sex appeal to help the sale without being too obvious that you're using sex appeal.
However, this only helps the sale when your potential buyer is attracted to caucasian women. So I recommend using two pictures, F and maybe D (White). This way your cover might catch the attention of people attracted to men or women and it includes at least one minority. You can also fit cover text better. Maybe the upper right quadrant of the front cover has picture F, the upper left has text, the lower left has picture D, and the lower right has text.
Originally posted by Dave Wood: Submit your contest entries (essays and poems) in this thread!
For contest details (and model choices), click HERE!
I think the model should be the G model, as he looks the most like a real JAVA programmer. Like someone that is spaced out 90% of the time on doing programming till you drop !! I can identify with this concept.
My self I don't know my RAMS for my ROMS in the JAVA world ! I am new to all this and I am converting from a 30 year plus mainframe programmer to a JAVA developer as my company is making a grand conversion. My previous job has been out source to India and the kids they have doing it are having a wonderfuly hard time accomplishing the task. We are helping when and where we can but, with limited time it goes slowly.
All the other models look like regular people or models. Whereas model G looks like a programmer ! I will admit as green is my faviorte color I might have been swayed a little, but, you must admit that when one looks for a book on JAVA or general programming one wants to see someone that might have a cule as to where your going. It takes one but a glance to see the G model canidate is the choise ! He is sort of Geekie but, not totaly. One must admit most of the book buying public are not going to be confortable with someone on the cover that looks like they never pulled an all night session trying to get a computer program to work in their life !
G should be the model for the cover. The reason is that the sunglass the model is wearing exudes <<confident and intelligent>> like an invitation to a sunny beach party. So it must be easy and fun and not a dentist's drill chair.
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G should be the model for the cover. The reason is that the sunglass the model is wearing exudes confident and intelligent like an invitation to a sunny beach party. So it must be easy and fun and not a dentist's drill chair.
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Model E could also be the model cover as the model is posed in the classic CEO/CIO pose of "crossing arms". This coveys "taking control". I also think having a African American is a good change.
I know the guides say to pick one But this exercise is way too much fun The way I see it We couldn't beat it If we picked two It would be like memory glue I think the lady in pink She will add to the link And the guy in plaid Together they're kinda rad