Writing is a rewarding task, but it also requires a lot of time—researching, writing, reviewing, editing, and rewriting over and over again until you get it just right. But no one can write a technical book in a vacuum. I had many knowledgeable and helpful people to assist me along the way.

First of all, I’d like to thank the many industry experts who reviewed the original book proposal. The following folks provided many useful suggestions and thoughts on my original outline that helped me to create a much better book: Michael Blaha, Keith W. Hare, Michael J. Hernandez, Robert S. Seiner, and David L. Wells. Additionally, I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to listen to my ideas for this book before I began writing. This ...

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