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First of all, I d like to thank Dr. Karim Valimohamed, a consulting engineer, who assisted me tremendously with the research, code, and review of the early drafts of the book.
Of the people who have helped me over the past eighteen months (this is how long it took me to write the book), I d especially like to thank Shaju Mathew and Deepak Gajare, my colleagues at Hewlett-Packard, who, along with Karim, carried out research and offered me valuable suggestions on presenting my thoughts and ideas. A round of gratitude is also due for my teammates at Hewlett-Packard, in particular Doug Albright, Jeannine Klein, Paul Li, and Anup Pant, for reviewing my manuscript and offering me constructive criticism.
Of course, writing this book would not have been possible without the support of my earlier supervisors Doug McBride and Laurence Sweeney. I owe thanks to these two souls for their confidence in me and for their constant encouragement.
I d like to thank the editorial team at Prentice Hall PTR and Hewlett-Packard Press Jill Pisoni (Executive Editor), Anne Trowbridge (Production Editor), Jim Markham (Developmental Editor), Susan Wright (Editorial Director, HP Press), and Scott Suckling (MetroVoice Publishing Services).
Special thanks to Dr. Richard Thayer, Professor of Software Engineering at California State University, Sacramento, who helped me find students to carry out some of my research.
Finally, and most important of all, I d like to thank my wife Vrushali and my 18-month old son Jay, both of whom patiently stood by me throughout the completion of the book.
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