My family members play the most important role in giving life to a book idea, nurturing its writing, and making its final publication possible. First, I thank my parents Anne and Robert Perry, who had the wisdom to settle in Concord, Massachusetts, where books are valued perhaps more than in any other town in the United States. They promoted reading during my childhood as an activity above most all others, perhaps second only to getting outside and appreciating the environment and Mother Nature.
Second, I would like to thank my wife Stacy and children Rachel and Scott, who exhibited great patience while dealing with the modest crises of publication deadlines, such as the temporary loss of their husband and father to the inner sanctorum of a home office, or the occasional over-cooking of the peas as I raced back to my lap top to complete some unfinished paragraph.
I'd like to thank my O'Reilly editor Simon St.Laurent, who tirelessly steered this book to publication from beginning to end, and offered cogent advice during the entire duration of writing, despite the challenging time line. This book greatly benefited from the technical reviews initiated by Micah Dubinko, Shelley Powers, Thinakorn Tabtieng, and Michael Buffington. They demonstrated impressive versatility in taking both a long view of the book's topic, as well as focusing on numerous fine-grained details that required corrections or greater exposition.