This work would not have been possible without the help of many other people. I’d like to thank Avery Pennarun for contributing substantial material to Chapters 14, 15, and 16. He also contributed some material to Chapters 4 and 9. His help was appreciated. I’d like to publicly thank those who took time to review the book at various stages: Robert P. J. Day, Alan Hasty, Paul Jimenez, Barton Massey, Tom Rix, Jamey Sharp, Sarah Sharp, Larry Streepy, Andy Wilcox, and Andy Wingo.
Also, I’d like to thank my wife, Rhonda, and daughters, Brandi and Heather, who provided moral support, gentle nudging, Pinot Noir, and the occasional grammar tip. And thanks to Mylo, my long-haired dachshund, who spent the entire writing process curled up lovingly in my lap. I’d like to add a special thanks to K.C. Dignan, who supplied enough moral support and double-stick butt tape to keep my behind in my chair long enough to finish this book!
Finally, I would like to thank the staff at O’Reilly as well as my editors, Andy Oram and Martin Streicher.