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Hi Mr Ford. My question is where on earth did you get such a picture for the front of your book and how does it associate with Java Web Development?
 
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Hi Mr Ford. My question is where on earth did you get such a picture for the front of your book and how does it associate with Java Web Development?


Of course, I posed for that picture!
Seriously, branding is a Big Deal in the publishing world. Manning's branding technique uses paintings from a catalog from the late 18th century of regional costumes (or, in my case, lack of). If you look at their other titles, they have a similar look and feel. I chose the Marquesian Warrior, who happens to be a cannibal, out of the 3 options they gave me. He was the most striking.
Look at it this way -- once you've seen the cover, you can't forget it, for better or for worse.
Thus, it has nothing to do with Java Web Development, and everything to do with marketing. The only page in the book I didn't write is the "About the Cover" page, which is supplied by the publisher.
 
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Originally posted by Neal Ford:
I chose the Marquesian Warrior, who happens to be a cannibal, out of the 3 options they gave me. He was the most striking.


BTW, what are the other two options? Just curious to know... Or is it some kinda violation of the secrecy to tell us?

Thus, it has nothing to do with Java Web Development, and everything to do with marketing.


But it does reflect the word "Art" in the title? I can see the art of tattoos on the body of that Marquesian Warrior.... But I don't know about such Marquesian Warrior before...
 
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Hello there,
A bit off topic maybe, but interesting
The marquesian warriors (from the marquesas islands) must have known of Java before we did. Read this:
"About 10-12 000 BP there was a major climatic change and cultures diverged. The New Guineans began to live in a very different environment, and in a different way from the Australians. Then between about 5000 BP and 3500 BP another migration east began. The evidence for this is almost entirely linguistic, and the movement is named after its language group´┐ŻAustronesian. Austronesian speakers migrated along the coast of New Guinea, into New Britain and New Ireland, and further to New Caledonia. By about 3000 BP further Austronesians had colonised Fiji and Polynesia as far as Samoa, and after about 1000 years of consolidation in the Samoa/Tonga region they occupied the Marquesas 3000 kms to the east, before settling the Society Islands, Easter Island, the Hawaiian Islands and New Zealand."
(litterature: S.W. Serjeantson, "Migration and Admixture in the Pacific: Insights Provided by Human Leukocyte Antigens", Journal of Pacific History, vol. 19, no. 4, 1984, pp. 160-166.)
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BTW, what are the other two options? Just curious to know... Or is it some kinda violation of the secrecy to tell us?


Not as far as I know -- one was a woman from India, the other was a non-descript character, not sure where he was from. It has been so long, I've mostly forgotten.


But it does reflect the word "Art" in the title? I can see the art of tattoos on the body of that Marquesian Warrior.... But I don't know about such Marquesian Warrior before...


The "Art" in the title has little to do with the cannibal (note that Manning covers really never reflect anything about the content). The "Art" alludes to 2 things: Sun Tsu's Art of War, and Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. This relationship to Java is discussed in the Preface of the book -- you'll have to read it there!
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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