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This book began back in 1996 using JavaScript 1.1 and later JavaScript 1.2, when it became available. A group of us at the University of Hartford got together once a week to create problems to be solved with JavaScript and, much to my surprise and delight, many of the tools, applications, and utilities that we developed then, we still use today. Of those involved, the brightest of this group was and remains to be David Kelly. Dave developed a Quiz-Maker in JavaScript that still makes great online quizzes. He also seemed to be about five jumps ahead of the rest of us and was a great help to us all. Laura Spitz, a designer extraordinaire, still does extraordinary designs and uses JavaScript regularly in her work. She introduced me to BBEdit and HomeSite, which have yet to replace NotePad and SimpleText on my PC and Mac, respectively. Finally, Morris Hicks, who recently took over the Assistant Director of the Office of Information Technology position at Boise State University, was a regular with our group and provided a knowledgeable presence at our meetings.

Also at the University of Hartford, I’d like to thank the faculty and students in the Interactive Information Technology program. The students are an always creative lot who challenge the faculty to come up with better courses, answers, and scripts. Likewise, the IIT faculty, including John Gray, Jerry Katrichis, and David Demers, are a good group to kick ideas around with. Also, Steve Misovich and Lou Boudreau of the University of Hartford Hillyer College psychology faculty were a true inspiration as we developed a virtual psychology lab for the web. Everything from a rat maze to a timed reaction experiment were accomplished using JavaScript as part of a grant application to the National Science Foundation. During this project, I learned that there is very little that cannot be accomplished with JavaScript once a project goal has been set.

Next, I’d like to thank the people at New Riders. Thanks to Stephanie Wall, who worked with me to develop an outline for the book that would focus on designers’ needs in working with and understanding JavaScript. Also, I would like to thank John Rahm for helping to develop everything just right and Jake McFarland for coordinating the details of the finishing touches. Thanks also to the copy and technical editors—Krista Hansing, Josh Kneedler, Joel Lee, and Bryan Ginz— for locating the glitches and setting them straight.

Finally, I’d like to thank my wife, Delia. As I was starting this book, she was beginning her doctoral work at Smith College, and so both of us were in our studies, thinking and writing together. Like everything else we do together, it brought us closer.

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