I'd like to thank the people at Apress for indulging me by agreeing to publish another one of my books! I'd particularly like to mention my editor, Jonathan Gennick, who has been a constant source of encouragement and assistance throughout, and my technical reviewer Jason Horner, who undoubtedly has contributed to improving the quality of the code samples used in the book.

My family have been unwavering in their support: proof-reading early drafts and suggesting real-life examples for me to use, while feigning interest in T-SQL and geodetic datums just to humor me!

And to you, dear reader: I genuinely hope that you enjoy reading this book, and that you find it interesting and informative. If you have any comments or suggestions, ...

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