Code was conceived in 1987. It rattled around in my head for nearly a decade and was finally committed to a Microsoft Word file between January 1996 and July 1999. I offer many thanks:
to the readers of early drafts of Code who contributed comments, criticisms, and suggestions: Sheryl Canter, Jan Eastlund, Peter Goldeman, Lynn Magalska, and Deirdre Sinnott;
to my agent, Claudette Moore of Moore Literary Agency, and to everyone at Microsoft Press who helped make Code a reality, particularly those whose names are listed on the copyright page of this book and on the colophon, following the index;
to my mother, who never held me back;
to Little Cat, who shared my apartment with me from 1982 through May 1999, and who inspired ...