I would like to thank Rachel Roumeliotis for contacting me out of the blue, first to act as Technical Editor for this book and later to assume the role of Author. I never imagined this to be both so hard and consuming. Oddly, I am thankful!
We all come from somewhere—I'd like to thank two companies that no longer exist: Planning Research Corporation and Sun Microsystems. I can't begin to express the joy I felt at the many opportunities I discovered in both places. May the spirit of these companies persist. At PRC, Wayne Shelton and others presented me with one opportunity after another. At Sun Microsystems, I found myself in the heart of the Silicon Valley revolution.
To many Sun Microsystems colleagues over the past few years: You ...