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Dave Wood
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A quick update on the Head First Objects cover model contest:

In a surprisingly open-minded decision, executives at O'Reilly have decided to spice up the cover of Head First Objects. They have somehow managed to obtain a picture of our chosen cover model (pink girl) sans clothing! The pose is roughly the same as the original...only the clothing has been, uhh, changed. As far as I know, no decision has yet been made as to whether or not black bars will be placed over certain parts of the cover. I wanted to let everyone know before the new cover appears on the Amazon and O'Reilly websites. I hope none of you who voted for Pink Girl will be upset by the change...I realize this isn't exactly what you had voted for.

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Thanks for listening.

-dave



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Ha! Got me.
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In related news, the title is also changing. It will now be "Head First Object-Oriented Analysis & Design." I personally think this is a much better title.


I guess this one is to be taken seriously.

Why do you think it's a better title?

Personally, I have somewhat of a dislike for the term "OOA". And I expected your book to also be about object oriented coding. Isn't it?

"Head First Objects" sounded refreshingly straight forward, simple and honest to me, in a way that the new title spectacularly manages to fail in.

But well, it's your book, and it's the content that is important. I'm just a little bit frustrated by seeing what I feel is another book falling pray to buzzword fad...


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Dave Wood
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Why do you think it's a better title?

Personally, I have somewhat of a dislike for the term "OOA". And I expected your book to also be about object oriented coding. Isn't it?


YES!!!

The book definitely includes programming techniques. I think you can argue that there's a lot of overlap between design and implementation. But there are definitely some implementation-specific parts of the book -- most notably a rather long chapter on refactoring (and lots of code scattered throughout the rest of the book as well, of course).

I guess the reason I like this title slightly better stems from the fact that I was just never crazy about the word "Objects" by itself. It just didn't feel right (not much of an explanation, is it?).

But please rest assured that there's no shortage of code in this book!


"Head First Objects" sounded refreshingly straight forward, simple and honest to me, in a way that the new title spectacularly manages to fail in.

Ouch.

But well, it's your book, and it's the content that is important. I'm just a little bit frustrated by seeing what I feel is another book falling pray to buzzword fad...


I'm not sure I agree that Analysis and Design are exactly buzzwords. Now if we had changed the title to something like Head First Agile, Open-Source, Object-Oriented Analysis & Design with UML, Design Patterns, AJAX, Ruby, Web 2.0 and a dash of LAMP, then I could understand your buzzword argument. :-)

Honestly, I think O'Reilly's goal was really just to provide a more descriptive title. Hopefully we've accomplished that.

Thanks for your interest.

-Dave
[ April 08, 2006: Message edited by: Dave Wood ]
Barbara Norway
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Will the reason the "pink girl" cover was vetoed ever be divulged? Just curious. Guess it wouldn't be the biker couple that made the cut....oh, wait, that was another book cover contest wasn't it? Do we really have to wait until the book is published to see the replacement cover model?

Honestly, I don't think people would have just seen "pink girl" as just an object. But, even if a brown paper bag is on the cover, the contents will be the reward.


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Dave Wood
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Originally posted by Barbara Norway:
Will the reason the "pink girl" cover was vetoed ever be divulged? Just curious. Guess it wouldn't be the biker couple that made the cut....oh, wait, that was another book cover contest wasn't it? Do we really have to wait until the book is published to see the replacement cover model?

Honestly, I don't think people would have just seen "pink girl" as just an object. But, even if a brown paper bag is on the cover, the contents will be the reward.


Hi Barbara,

I don't know the exact details around pink girl's demise, but I'm pretty sure it had to do with the "object" issue you mentioned.

I don't think you'll have to wait until the book is published, but I haven't heard a date for the new cover yet. I'm hoping (this is just me thinking out load...haven't confirmed this with O'Reilly yet) that the new cover will at least be ready in time for JavaOne as I'd like to have some little promos with the new cover to give out there. Again, I'm not saying this will happen, just hoping! :-)

-dave
Barbara Norway
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I see the cover that they have mocked up at the O'Reilly site but won't divulge who I saw on the cover in case I shouldn't. Have seen the person before....
Dave Wood
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Thanks Barbara. Yep, the new cover was released on ora.com today.

You can see it HERE as well.

-dave
Cal Enti
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BTW, update on Pink Girl...

I was in Vancouver a couple of weeks ago and stopped in at the Flying Wedge Pizza Company for a slice. Their advertising (all you can eat for $9 CAN) featured Pink Girl in her cover model pose, exactly the shot from the contest.

Just so you know, that picture wound up -somewhere-...
Bill Mietelski
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That's cool! ... after getting dumped by O'Reilly, it's nice seeing her land on her feet.
Dave Wood
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Thanks for that link. :-)

I'm sure she would have been happier on the HFOO cover, but it's good to see that the fine folks north of the border are taking care of her.

-dave
 
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