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Tracey Pilone is the Operations Director of Element 84, a startup in the DC area that offers mobile, Web, and backend development services. Recent projects she has worked on include writing for Naval Research Labs and Academic Business Consultants, as well as contributing to other Head First titles and keeping involved with the software development projects at Element 84. Before working as a writer, she spent several years working in and around the Washington, DC, area for two of ENRs (Engineering News Record) top 20 contractors as a construction manager in commercial construction. She is also the co-author of Head First Algebra. Tracey has a civil engineering degree from Virginia Tech and a masters of education from the University of Virginia, and holds a Professional Engineering License in Virginia.
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October 14 2011Well, iOS5 is out, and that means that Head First iPhone and iPad Development officially needs some tweaking to work with the latest tools! First, a quick overview of the new features in iOS 5. For the OS itself, the... read more
June 30 2011Head First iPhone and iPad Development is shipping as we speak, which is very exciting! Updating Head First iPhone was a daunting task this time around, there have been lots of developments with iOS development since we printed the first... read more
October 27 2009We've wrapped up work on Head First iPhone Development (it's shipping now) and that gave me a chance to sit down and think about Head First in general. Going through the process with both an academic book (Head First Algebra)... read more
May 11 2009Here in Virginia it's SOL testing time (that's Standards of Learning, not what you were thinking) and that means that parents everywhere are waxing philosophic about standardized testing and No Child Left Behind. First, some background. NCLB, which most people... read more
March 18 2009James Vanayos used some quadratic equations to make some serious money, $60,000 worth. James is a senior from North Andover High School and he won a renewable $15,000 scholarship to Merrimack College for civil engineering. The contest? Use a homemade... read more
March 10 2009There are math-phobes everywhere that are just shaking their heads, but bear with me. I just started tutoring a geometry student, and one of the first questions I asked him was how he did in Algebra. He said it was... read more
February 24 2009Yes, I'm talking about Sputnik the first satellite, and the Stimulus package that was just passed by Congress. If these two things can work out the same way, good things may be coming for math and science education. Sputnik was... read more
February 14 2009There's been a lot of talk about the role of technology in education recently. In part, because the economic stimulus plan has various provisions ($650 Million for Enhancing Education through Technology) that deal with it, and in part because it... read more
February 10 2009Let's just be honest here - Head First Algebra is a whole new direction - it's a long way from Java and Software Development, right? The truth is, Algebra is one of those subjects that just confuses people. You may... read more
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