As with any new undertaking, you never know what you’re getting yourself into when you write a book for the first time. Fortunately, we had a great team at Manning to guide us through the process and help us create something we can be proud of. We would like to thank everyone involved in the production of this book. Particular thanks go to our development editor, Cynthia Kane, who put up with late-night telephone conferences and kept our motivation high. Our copy editor, Andy Carroll, did a marvelous job of tightening up our prose, and he picked up a number of ambiguities and inconsistencies.

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