Tracey Pilone is the President 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.
Head 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
We'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
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--Derek Underwood, www.derekunderwood.com
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--Andre Marston, www.pcc.org
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--Mary Lucas, The Coding Pad
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--Mike Morrison, Stalefish Labs founder
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--Joe Heck, Seattle Xcoders founder
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--Eric Shephard, owner of Syndicomm
"The goal of Head First Algebra is to use
multiple learning styles to find solutions, making this book a great resource for any algebra course. Summing Up:
Highly recommended. "
--K. D. Holton, Tallahasee Community College, CHOICE, August 2009 Vol. 46 No. 11
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--James Pyles, Million Chimpanzees