Acknowledgments

Brian Sawyer

Our editor:

Brian Sawyer was Head First Programming's editor. When not editing books, Brian likes to run marathons "for fun." It transpires that this was the perfect training for working on the marathon that producing this book turned into. At times, Brian worked us very hard, and, consequently, we have a much better book.

The O'Reilly team:

Brian Sawyer

Brett McLaughlin, the Series Editor, kept an eye on what we were up to and on more than once occasion came to our rescue we when we found ourselves in trouble. Karen Shaner provided administrative support and very capably coordinated our techical review process.

Friends and colleagues:

David and Paul are especially grateful to Lou Barr for first thinking that the two of them might like to work together on this book, suggesting they do, and then working hard to get the idea approved at O'Reilly. Thanks, Lou!

David: My thanks to Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates for this extraordinary series of books. And to Andy Parker and Joe Broughton and Carl Jacques and Simon Jones and the many other friends who have heard so little from me whilst I was busy scribbling away.

Paul: My thanks to Nigel Whyte, Head of Department, Computing and Networking at The Institute of Technology, Carlow for supporting my involvement in yet another writing project. Also at work, Dr. Christophe Meudec reviewed the early chapters and offered some very welcome words of encouragement, together with suggestions as how to make things just that little bit better. Joseph Kehoe also reviewed the early material and liked what he saw.

Family:

David: I owe a very particular thank you to my wife, the author of Head First Statistics, Dawn Griffiths. For her wit, humor, patience, and ability to turn vague ideas into real chapters.

Paul: Thanks are due to my father, Jim Barry, who reviewed the early, draft material and (once again) pointed out where my writing could be improved and clarified. Regretfully, my home life suffered as working on this book grew to consume all of my free time. Deirdre, Joseph, Aaron, and Aideen had to bear the grunts and groans, huffs and puffs, and more than a few roars as the pressure reached boiling point on more than one occasion. I sometimes wonder how they put up with me, but somehow they do, and I'm very grateful for their ongoing love and support.

The without-whom list:

Our technical review team did an excellent job of keeping us straight and making sure what we covered was spot on.

Finally, we both owe a huge debt of gratitude to David's wife, Dawn, who not only looks after David, but also got involved in the production of this book at a time when things looked like we'd never finish. Without Dawn's help, this book would never have been done on time. Dawn is the Head First Programming guardian angel.

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