0.4. AcknowledgmentsThis book would not have been possible without the help of many people. First on the list are the toolsmiths who created the tools described here. The number and quality of the tools that are available is truly remarkable. We all owe a considerable debt to the people who selflessly develop these tools. I have been very fortunate that many of my normal duties have overlapped significantly with tasks related to writing this book. These duties have included setting up and operating Lander University's networking laboratory and evaluating tools for use in teaching. For their help with the laboratory, I gratefully acknowledge Lander's Department of Computing Services, particularly Anthony Aven, Mike Henderson, and Bill Screws. This laboratory was funded in part by a National Science Foundation grant, DUE-9980366. I gratefully acknowledge the support the National Science Foundation has given to Lander. I have also benefited from conversations with the students and faculty at Lander, particularly Jim Crabtree. I would never have gotten started on this project without the help and encouragement of Jerry Wilson. Jerry, I owe you lunch (and a lot more). This book has benefited from the help of numerous people within the O'Reilly organization. In particular, the support given by Robert Denn, Mike Loukides, and Rob Romano, to name only a few, has been exceptional. After talking with authors working with other publishers, I consider myself very fortunate in working with technically astute people from the start. If you are thinking about writing a technical book, O'Reilly is a publisher to consider. The reviewers for this book have done an outstanding job. Thanks go to John Archie, Anthony Aven, Jon Forrest, and Kevin and Diana Mullet. They cannot be faulted for not turning a sow's ear into a silk purse. It seems every author always acknowledges his or her family. It has almost become a cliché, but that doesn't make it any less true. This book would not have been possible without the support and patience of my family, who have endured more that I should have ever asked them to endure. Thank you.
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