Preface to the First Edition

How This Book Came About

I wonder how many people formulate a plan for their lives and then follow through with it. Some do, I’m sure, but for most of us, even if we have ambitions and ideas for the future, we are often buffeted by the random events around us. And that is how it was for me. I work for Accelerated Technology, a division of Mentor Graphics, which is dedicated to providing embedded software design and development tools and operating systems. I have done a variety of jobs within the company over the years, throughout a number of acquisitions and name changes. Of late, I have been doing outbound marketing—traveling around Europe and North America getting excited about our products and the technology ...

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