Acknowledgments

My career has been a great journey, from a small town in Brazil to the biggest city in Europe. Having worked for many different companies and on both sides of the Atlantic, I met a lot of tremendous people who, in one way or another, helped to shape the person and the professional I am today.

First I would like to thank Professor Maria Cecilia Capelache. When I told her I would need to quit the university for financial reasons, she immediately offered me a job, which helped me to continue my studies. Even today I feel she gave me the job more to help me than because she really needed another developer on her team. She taught me the difference between all the academic things we learn at university and the real world of software ...

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