First and foremost, my heartfelt thanks go out to my wife, Heather, for “putting up with me” throughout these many months of obsession and late nights, and for the constant support she has given me.
Thank you also to Mary Treseler of O’Reilly for being a sounding board for my many questions and for helping to guide me through this process.
To Rachel Monaghan, the copyeditor for this book, I am grateful for the wonderful tone and flow that you have provided in these chapters.
Next, I want to express my gratitude to all of the reviewers of this book: Matthew Russell, Bill Day, Henry Saputra, Mark Weitzel, and Joseph Catera. Thank you all for catching issues before they became immortalized in print, for suggesting wonderful improvements to this text, and for calling me out on content that was simply not good enough to be a part of this book.
My appreciation goes out to my parents and sister for always standing by me and for teaching me that with hard work I can accomplish anything.
A final big thanks goes out to Havi Hoffman, who runs the Yahoo! Press program at Yahoo!. Without her help and support, this book could have never happened.