I have so many people to thank for this book. The first two people would be Karen Gettman, for seeing the need for a book on this topic and allowing me to write it, and the brilliant Jeffrey Richter, for all of your help, input, and guidance. It is safe to say that this undertaking would never have happened without you two.
Then there are the incredible people at Addison-Wesley that I have enjoyed working with: Curt Johnson, Ebony Haight, and Elizabeth Zdunich.
And some people who really earned their pay for the production: Gina Kanouse, Karen Gill, David Fender, Amy Hassos, Julie Bess, Jessica McCarty, and Chuti Prasertsith.
For the artwork:
Chuti Prasertsith excellent cover work; I wish I had that kind of talent.
Kyono McKean for those wonderful drawings, and Jon McKean for helping to get them done.
The content contributors and reviewers:
Kent Beck, Steve Konieczka, Mario Moreira, Yves Dolce, Eric Brechner, Ajay Malhotra, William Rollison, Bob Jervis, Doug Neumann, Jeff Homme, and Hans Zeitler I appreciate all of your time and input.
Other people that played an indirect but important role:
Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates, Dr. Kenneth Krane, Greg Lee, Rich Eizenhoefer, and Blair Shaw.
A general thanks goes to all of the people that I have had the honor to work with at Microsoft and the company's many partners.
Of course, I cannot forget my immediate family, who has been very supportive of my late nights and weekends working on this project: Jan, Leah, and Marcus. Also Mom and Dad, for everything you have done for me especially Mom, your self-sacrifices have been greatly appreciated and will always be remembered. Mike and Chizu, there could not have been any better brother and sister to grow up with; thanks for always letting me tag along.
And lastly, my old reliable friend forever Sanka (and Maple too!).