This book would not be possible without the input and efforts of many people, some of whom are listed here. Our wholehearted thanks go to all who participated in and supported this project, particularly to the following people:
• Dean Meltz, Rick Long, Mark Harrington, Robert Hain, and Geoff Nicholls for the information in the IMS Primer and the first edition of this book, which was the foundation for this second edition
• Susan Visser, Steve Stansel, and Terry Carroll of IBM, and Bernard Goodman, Michelle Housley, and Andy Beaster of Pearson Education, for their guidance and patient assistance in the creation of this book
• Clark Gussin, Visual Designer at IBM, for his assistance with the illustrations in this book
• Don Streicher, ...