This book is dedicated to every Glass Explorer who dared to take the plunge.
Thirty years ago, my parents gambled on getting me a computer, thinking it might play a part in my future. Little did they know where it would lead, and I would like to thank them for the opportunities they set in motion all those years ago. For my closest friends and colleagues, who always reminded me that I can do it, even when I doubted myself the most, I am thankful for the support you’ve given me over the years. Finally, I’d like to dedicate this book to my son—as I watch you explore the world, I’m thankful I can share those moments with you through Glass, and I hope you never lose that sense of discovery.
My special thanks to Jason, my coauthor, collaborator, benevolent taskmaster, and friend, for his work in getting the book off the ground and for serving as the sounding board for all of my design ideas. It has been my honor to work with you, and I look forward to the day when we can meet in the same time zone.
For Sharon Strandskov, whose strength and spirit have inspired me in more ways than anyone else ever could; for Will Ymesei, who’s endured more of my spur-of-the-moment, rapid fire “I have an idea!” conversations than anyone ever should; for Mom and Dad, who’ve shown me more support than anyone ever would; and for Ali Bales, whose encouragement, patience, friendship, and love couldn’t be more constant or genuine—and provided all the tools I ever needed to ...