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I would like to thank Mike Loukides and Scott Murray for supporting this project enthusiastically from the very beginning. Giuseppe Verni, Jane Pong, Matt Kirk, Noah Iliinsky, Richard Kreckel, Sankar Rao Bhogi, Scott Murray, and Sebastien Martel read parts or all of the manuscript, tested the examples, and made many important suggestions. Matt, Scott, and Sebastien further answered questions and shared their insights through extensive correspondence. Special thanks go to Giuseppe Verni, who read the entire manuscript with particularly keen interest and dedication, and offered lots of helpful advice.
The title is a belated homage to Unix for the Impatient by Paul W. Abrahams and Bruce R. Larson (Addison-Wesley Professional).