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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

You know those Oscar acceptance speeches that go on forever? I think I may finally understand how those folks feel.

Although it is my name that appears on the cover, don’t be fooled into believing that all of it can be attributed to me alone. Endeavors such as this only reach fruition with the support, encouragement, patience, and input of others.

First and foremost, I extend the deepest thanks to my development editor, Lisa Lord, and my technical editors, Tim Kostolansky and Scott Berkun. The results of their intelligent and articulate feedback are evident on literally every page. It has been an unexpected and invaluable blessing to work alongside such a talented, supportive, and fun editorial team.

I would also like to thank my “unofficial” tech editor, Philip Haine, who was kind enough to read a number of chapters and provide his invaluable feedback and suggestions.

I would also like to acknowledge my friends and colleagues who not only read many of the chapters, but also patiently listened to me prattle on about this, that, and the other thing. A particular thanks to the “J-team”: Jerrel Jimmerson, Steve Jungmann, Jacqueline Phillips, Jim Phillips, Joff Redfern, and Jerome Doran for his contributions to the model of a UI diagram.

A debt of gratitude also to Leah Williams who brought this project into New Riders, Victoria Elzey who got it off the ground, and Deb Hittel-Shoaf who shepherded it through the occasional bad storm and safely back to the terminal.

My thanks also to a handful of individuals, who helped me arrive at the point of having the necessary resources to write something like this. In particular, I owe a special thanks to Eric Olsen and Linda Paulson for their unique and long-lasting contributions. In addition, kind thanks to Liz Waymire for taking a risk and bringing me into this profession. A thanks also to my parents, Sue and Stan Baxley, for their lifelong support and encouragement of my dreams, curiosities, and pursuits.

Finally, a special thanks to my family for sharing me with this project over the past 14 months. Not only have they patiently tolerated the distraction of it all, but they have also helped keep my priorities intact during the process.

We’re going to Disneyland!

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