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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

Despite my exhaustion after grinding through the arduous schedule for this book, I have looked forward to writing this page. It gives me an opportunity to thank my friends at Peachpit, who have had every bit as much to do with this book as I have, and my family, who have been incredibly understanding and supportive during this seemingly unending marathon.

I am very much indebted to one of the most organized, motivated, and skilled editors in the business, Jill Marts Lodwig. There was never a moment when she wasn't able to make this project even better. Special thanks also to Kate Reber, production coordinator, whose patience and incredible skill has made this book one I am very proud of. Thanks to Jill Simonson, copy editor, whose ability to take my words and actually make them sound intelligent continually boggles my mind, and to compositors Rick Gordon, Myrna Vladic, and Deborah Roberti for their consummate skill and attention to detail. And finally, thanks to Marjorie Baer, executive editor, and Nancy Runzel, publisher, to whom I will be forever grateful for their faith and confidence in me.

I'm also very much indebted to my awesome wife, Kathy, for putting up with my 18-hour workdays, and to my daughter, Ashlie Russell, for her maturity, which gives me one less thing to worry about. Thanks also to my brother Eddie, for providing the laughs when I needed them most, and to my brother-in-law Jackie, whose curiosities about Flash were inspirational. And finally, special thanks to my two moms—my real one and my adoptive one, Sue Stailey (my favorite mother-in-law). These ladies continue to be my biggest fans. I love you both.

—Derek

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