Never did I imagine that writing a book could be this involved. It required so much sacrifice, not only on my part, but for everyone who was directly and indirectly involved with it. I am so thankful for my wife, Jody (my crown and joy), for her help and understanding while I spent many nights and weekends clicking away on the keyboard.

I am blessed with excellent co-authors: Kirtikumar Deshpande and K Gopalakrishnan, who readily shared their knowledge and real-life experiences. Their contributions extended the depth and breadth of this book. I am also thankful for the world-class technical editors: Scott Gossett, Graham Wood, Kyle Hailey, John Kanagaraj, and Craig Shallahamer for their invaluable technical contributions and corrections. ...

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