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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

There are so many people that contributed to this book. First of all, I'd like to thank my wife, Alicia. Without her countless hours of encouragement and solid support of this arduous process called writing a book, this would not have been possible. And to my daughters, Lita, Genevieve, and Elanor, I love you.

To Rachel, my editor at Elsevier, a big thank you, especially for your patience. There is a White Chocolate Frappuccino® waiting for you at Starbucks®, my treat.

I'd like to thank all the staff at Freescale, in what's now called Wireless Commercial Operations (WCO), especially Brett Black for believing in and championing this technology, Darrel Simms for introducing me to Freescale, Mark Williams for always supporting his partners, Walter Young whose command of the English language is greater than Strunk and White, Mads Westergreen—a Danish man who knows more about ZigBee than just about anybody on the planet, Matt Maupin, Ryan Kelly, Shannon Reid, and so many others as well.

Also, ZigBee Alliance members deserve many thanks for this book: Bob Heile, Zachary Smith, Ian Marsden, Don Sturek, Phil Jamieson, and Skip Ashton, all of whom have made the ZigBee standard possible. I really appreciate all the time you've spent explaining the concepts to me, and discussing the edge cases. You have taught me so much. And to others within the Alliance who have patiently answered my questions: Spiro Sacre, Monique Brown, Wally Burnham, Claudio Borean, Rudi Belliardi, Greg Henry, Silviu Chiricescu, and Bill Wood, thank you.

To my good friends and colleagues, Masaru and Blanca Natsu, Christian Garcia, and Dalila Pinedo, thank you for all your help, suggestions, corrections, and insight. And to Tim Gillman who was the idea man behind many of the stories which open each chapter. Tim, you are a funny guy.

Special thanks to Mads Westergreen and Allan McDaniel for the iPod example. I think the readers will love this one.

Any mistakes, inaccuracies, or omissions in this text are purely my own.

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