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Acknowledgments

As with any large project, this book was written with the support of a large number of colleagues, friends, and family.

Thanks to Brett McLaughlin, my editor, who had a great impact on the quality, structure, and content of the book. His feedback and insistence that I make my writing style conform to the guidelines for the Developer's Notebook series made this a much better book than it otherwise would have been. With each editing cycle the book became more concise and readable, and imparted more information.

Of course, the book would never have been written if it were not for the many developers who write code for and manage the Eclipse project. They deserve the support of the development community (as do other open source pioneers).

Many thanks go out to Jed Levine for his constant email chats, which kept me from getting too wrapped up in the project, and for all his assistance when I sometimes got stuck to the point where I couldn't string words into coherent sentences.

The folks over at LexisNexis in Dayton deserve credit for giving me the chance to write a full, production, SWT system. I might not have looked at the SWT if they hadn't given me the leeway to choose the tool I wanted to use for a small GUI project.

There are many friends and family members who deserve acknowledgment. Kermit Lowery and Drew Miller are great golfing companions (after all, you can't think about tech matters all the time). Lizard Breath and The Sequel were always ready to make cookies when I didn't feel like writing anymore. And Mother, who sometimes doesn't get the appreciation she's due, gave me a place to hide and work while getting this one done.

This book represents perhaps my last large technology-related project. From here, I am returning to the practice of law, where I hope to use what I've learned over the past 14 years to make my practice more efficient, profitable, and exciting. Thanks are due to the good folks at Thompson & DeVeny in Dayton, for giving me a chance to ease back into the legal sector while at the same time keeping my tech muscles active.

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