This book took almost exactly one year to the day to write. During this time, I incurred numerous obligations to which I am now very grateful to have the opportunity to acknowledge. First, I would like to thank my editor Joan Murray for taking a chance and giving me this chance. Thank you as well to some of the other people at Pearson Education who helped with the editing and production of this book, including Jessica D’Amico, Kelli Brooks, Sean Donahue, Vanessa Moore, and Julie Nahil. I am also thankful for the initial encouragement I received from Shannon Bailey, senior sales representative for Pearson Education.

One of the pleasures of writing a book like this is that you receive feedback from technical reviewers. I am thankful ...

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