Abook is never solely the work of a lone author. In order to get everything done, the author needs a team of dedicated professionals. This book is no different, as without the following people, there's no way I could have finished:
Neil Salkind, my agent, introduced me to the good folks at Wiley. He's a mentor, guide, and coach. Thanks for everything you do.
Stephanie McComb at Wiley helped me flush out the original idea and guided the book through the acquisitions process. She's scary smart, savvy, and disarms you with a wonderful sense of humor.
Chris Wolfgang was my patient, long-suffering editor on this project. Everything good here had her involvement. Anything bad is pretty much my fault. Also, she kept my whining and moaning to a strict minimum with an even hand (and a few slaps to the back of my head).
Dennis Cohen, the technical editor, knows enough about all this to write 5 books on Automator and AppleScript. His advice and enthusiasm throughout kept me going. Without him, I wouldn't have gotten through the upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard, which happened just as I was finishing the original manuscript.
My wife Hope gave me room and time to write, keeping my chores to a minimum. She exacted payment at the end of the writing process though, all of which involved tons of yard work, and all of which I richly deserved.
My two lovely pups, Marlowe and Kafka, could frequently be found sleeping on one of the many dog beds in my home office. If you've never had the ...