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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

Writing a third edition of Android in Action feels somewhat like the old saying about weddings: “Something old, something new...” The deadlines for the third edition did not become any easier as at last count there are still only 24 hours in the day. And as for something new—it seems as though Android’s pace of innovation is continuing to match its adoption rate by mobile users around the globe. Like the two earlier editions, Android in Action, Third Edition represents a collaboration between a number of contributors. I had the privilege of working again with Robi Sen and Chris King, who worked with me on the second edition. C. Enrique Ortiz joined us to contribute the tablet content. Once again the talented team at Manning have labored to bring about this edition.

In particular, we’d like to acknowledge and thank everyone at Manning. First, thanks to Troy Mott, our acquisition and development editor, who has been involved in every aspect of now three editions of this project—congratulations, Troy, on your hat-trick! Bob Herbstman did all the big and little things to bring the project together; Mary Piergies skillfully piloted the team through the harrowing production process; and Marjan Bace, our publisher, showed an attention to detail at once challenging, beneficial, and appreciated.

Once the writing was finished, the next round of work began. Special thanks need to go to Benjamin Berg, who performed the preproduction editing pass; Tiffany Taylor, who did the second copyediting pass and helped us bring the final pieces of the project together; and finally Dottie Marsico, who handled the actual layout of the pages. It’s sometimes hard to envision the final product when looking at edits upon edits in MS Word, but Dottie’s magic made the product you hold in your hands. Next, we would like to thank Candace Gillhoolley for her efforts in getting the word out about the book. Thanks to each of you for your special contribution to this project.

And special thanks to the reviewers who read our revised manuscript at different times during its development: Steve Prior, Matthew Johnson, Julian Harty, David Strong, Loïc Simon, Al Scherer, Gabor Paller, and Pieter Kuijpers; and to Jérôme Bâton for his careful technical review of the final manuscript during production.

Last, we want to thank the thoughtful and encouraging MEAP subscribers who provided feedback along the way; the book is better thanks to your contributions.

Frank Ableson

I would like to thank my coauthors: Robi Sen, a real pro who has been involved in this project from the beginning; Chris King, who has proven to be rock-solid in terms of both technical capability and reliability; and newcomer C. Enrique Ortiz (CEO), who has injected energy and enthusiasm into the Third Edition. Of course, through each iteration of this project, Troy Mott has led the way: managing the process, coaxing us at times, and delivering every time. Bob Herbstman has contributed invaluably to the finished product and is likely tired of cleaning up after my writing and amateurish graphics after all of these years. Special thanks to Bob for re-creating many illustrations. Thanks also to the production team at Manning Publications who have once again delivered an excellent work. Thanks also to Candace Gillhoolley for continued support with books and promotions to support speaking events and conferences—always aiding my last-minute requests. Last and most important, I would like to thank Nikki and company at the Ableson household for unconditional support. Praise be to God, another version is complete!

Chris King

I am deeply grateful to Troy Mott, Frank, Robi, and Enrique for being such a pleasure to collaborate with as we drove toward the latest incarnation of this book. I also appreciate all the work done by the reviewers and editors from Manning, and also the dedicated readers of previous editions who contributed suggestions at the Author Online forums. Special thanks go to Eric Tamo and Zac White for their support and relentless good cheer. Finally, my love to my family: Charles, Karen, Patrick, Kathryn, and Andrew.

Robi Sen

I would like to thank Troy Mott and the team—and everyone at Manning Publications—for their hard work making this book something worth reading. I would like to thank my coauthors, Frank and Chris, who were great to work with and very understanding when I was the one holding things up. I would also like to thank C. Enrique Ortiz for his contributions. Finally, I would like to dedicate my efforts on this book to my brother Neel, who passed away while we were wrapping up the book.

C. Enrique Ortiz

To my parents, family, friends, and colleagues, who influence my work and make it exciting.

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