First, all honor, glory, and praise go to God, who through His Son makes all things possible and gives us the gift of eternal life.
Many thanks go to the great team of people at John Wiley & Sons Publishing. Thanks to Chris Webb, the acquisitions editor, for offering me the opportunity to write this book. I am forever indebted to Adaobi Obi Tulton, the development editor, for her work in making this book presentable and her overall guidance through the book writing process. Also, many thanks go to Paul Carter, the technical editor of the book. Paul's comments throughout the book were invaluable in presenting the topic in the best way and for pointing out my goofs and blunders. I would also like to thank Carole McClendon at Waterside Productions, Inc., for arranging this opportunity for me, and for helping out in my writing career.
Finally, I would like to thank my parents, Mike and Joyce Blum, for their dedication and support while raising me, and to my wife, Barbara, and daughters, Katie Jane and Jessica, for their love, patience, and understanding, especially while I was writing this book.