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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

I can never get over the reaction I get when I tell people that I write computer books. I typically get a weird look and a statement, such as “Ooo, you must be really smart,” and they edge away from me, for fear that I am about to lay some heavy technical jargon upon them until they pass out.

Nothing, I fear, could be further from the truth. Writing books does not mean you are smart. It may mean you are a masochist, but that is another subject. Writing a computer book means you should have more than passing knowledge of a given technology and a modicum of ability to write down what you know.

The key to this process is the editorial team behind the book. It is this group that really makes the book come together, and it is this group I must thank profusely for taking my words and turning them into something meaningful.

So to Amy Pettinella, Kevin Harreld, and Kevin Spencer, thank you for all your tireless efforts.

I must also extend great thanks to my co-author Bill von Hagen, who stepped up to the plate when a new job left me with little time to finish this book. Bill graciously stepped in to complete the rest of this volume, and I know this work is better for it. Our mutual agent, Marta Justak, deserves big thanks for not ripping my head off when the new job arrived.

And, as always, infinite thanks to my wife and family, who put up with so much nonsense when I am in the throes of book writing. I can never repay them for their love and support, but I plan on spending the rest of my life trying.

Bill would like to thank Luke Platz for his help with the iTunes section, and would especially like to thank his niece Alice Platz for her special smile. Bill would also like to thank Brian for the opportunity to work with him, and Marta for making this book and many others possible. Finally, he’d like to send a second round of thanks to the folks at Premier Press for making it fun to work on this book.

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