This must be what it’s like when you get up on stage to accept an award, only to realize you’ve left the list of people you have to thank in your other trousers: You’re guaranteed to forget someone, and that music will soon start rolling to quickly usher you off the stage.

So that being said, here’s the (no doubt) incomplete list of people to whom I owe a huge debt of gratitude for helping make this book as good as I think it now is.

Thanks to the No Starch team, particularly Bill Pollock, for applying a liberal dose of “what-would-a-kid-think” while editing it. When you’ve been programming for a long time, it’s all too easy to forget how difficult some of this stuff is for learners, and Bill was invaluable at pointing out those ...

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