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Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design by Gary Pollice, David West, Brett McLaughlin

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Brett McLaughlin is a guitar player who is still struggling with the realization that you can’t pay the bills if you’re into acoustic fingerstyle blues and jazz. He’s just recently discovered, to his delight, that writing books that help people become better programmers does pay the bills. He’s very happy about this, as are his wife Leigh, and his kids, Dean and Robbie.

Before Brett wandered into Head First land, he developed enterprise Java applications for Nextel Communications and Allegiance Telecom. When that became fairly mundane, Brett took on application servers, working on the internals of the Lutris Enhydra servlet engine and EJB container. Along the way, Brett got hooked on open source software, and helped found several cool programming tools, like Jakarta Turbine and JDOM. Write to him at .

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Gary Pollice is a self-labeled curmudgeon (that’s a crusty, ill-tempered, usually old man) who spent over 35 years in industry trying to figure out what he wanted to be when he grew up. Even though he hasn’t grown up yet, he did make the move in 2003 to the hallowed halls of academia where he has been corrupting the minds of the next generation of software developers with radical ideas like, “develop software for your customer, learn how to work as part of a team, design and code quality and elegance and correctness counts, and it’s okay to be a nerd as long as you are a great one.”

Gary is a Professor of Practice (meaning he had a real job before becoming a professor) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He lives in central Massachusetts with his wife, Vikki, and their two dogs, Aloysius and Ignatius. You can visit his WPI home page at http://web.cs.wpi.edu/~gpollice/. Feel free to drop him a note and complain or cheer about the book.

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Dave West would like to describe himself as sheik geek. Unfortunately no one else would describe him in that way. They would say he is a professional Englishman who likes to talk about software development best practices with the passion and energy of an evangelical preacher. Recently Dave has moved to Ivar Jacobson Consulting, where he runs the Americas and can combine his desire to talk about software development and spread the word on rugby and football, and argue that cricket is more exciting than baseball.

Before running the Americas for Ivar Jacobson Consulting, Dave worked for a number of years at Rational Software (now a part of IBM). Dave held many positions at Rational and then IBM, including Product Manager for RUP where he introduced the idea of process plug-ins and agility to RUP. Dave can be contacted at .

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