Cover Art

Due to popular demand the cover art for the book is provided below. My main motivation when designing the cover was to differentiate it from other technical textbooks. The majority of programming textbooks have bland, uncreative, geometric shapes on their covers; best known as "programmer art". I wanted to do something more artistic and fun. The archeologist discovering the Mayan carvings, complete with two programming priests, fulfilled my goals of an aesthetic and humorous design. It was created entirely in Photoshop from the rough design sketches to the final oil-painting-like finish. Many thanks to Sean Platter for his artistic skill and talent. Please visit his website at

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Size: 1024 x 615
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