My hat goes off to the great teams at O'Reilly and Studio B for their constant faith in me throughout the demanding task of publishing this book. I definitely couldn't have done it without their help. A special thanks to Tim O'Reilly, Bruce Epstein (my editor at O'Reilly), and Neil Salkind (my agent at Studio B), who saw me through writing this book while I was trying to build a house (not a task for the faint of heart or those with low stress tolerance). The team at O'Reilly ”including Ann Schirmer, Claire Cloutier, Rob Romano, and Cathy Record ”was wonderful to work with and should be commended for their contributions to this project.
I would like to thank my primary technical reviewer, Chip Dunbar, for his diligence on this project, including heroic assistance with the Macintosh screenshots. My thanks also to Brian Hall, Mary Ann Brown, and Massimo Foti (http://www.amila.ch) for their feedback and technical edits to the manuscript. Their help was invaluable to the completion of this project.
I would also like to thank Ann for being such a wonderful, understanding daughter while I was working on this book. There is no one better than you. Mom and Dad, thank you for encouraging me to keep up the hard work and for giving me a "never quit" attitude. And Luis, whatever you do, just never change. My thanks also to my many friends whose support makes light work out of the heaviest load.