The authors would like to acknowledge our editors at O'Reilly. First, our profound thanks to Ron Petrusha who took us through the early stages of the project, helping us mold the book into the form you see today. But even more to the point, we appreciate Ron's willingness to give us the opportunity to write this book ”it simply would not have happened without him. We'd also like to thank John Osborn for shepherding the manuscript through the final stages, giving focus to our often garbled message, reminding us of important details, insisting that we cite examples that would make the connection for the reader, adding things that we'd overlooked, and being a tireless advocate for the O'Reilly cookbook format. John's command of the language is extraordinary, and we now know what it is like to be in the hands of a master editor.
The authors would also like to thank our technical editors: Doug Reilly, Rob Howard, and Bill Hamilton.
The authors would also like to acknowledge the management team at Dominion Digital, Inc. for their consistent support, and their willingness to host the web site for the book.
Finally, and most importantly, we would like to acknowledge the patience and forbearance of our families who spent countless hours without us as we toiled over these pages these many months.