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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

I want to first thank Nancy Ruenzell, Peachpit’s publisher, for the opportunity to write another book on the New Rider’s imprint, and Michael Nolan, Peachpit Acquisitions Editor, for encouraging me to complete the ...in’ trilogy.

Nancy Peterson, my Project Editor, has been a wise and gracious advisor while keeping me focused on the time deadline, which I have actually met. Our weekly conference calls have been a wonderful source of guidance and encouragement, and have greatly contributed to this book’s direction and focus. To you, Nancy, my sincere thanks, and I hope we will meet in person sometime soon.

Thanks go to the editorial and production team at Peachpit: to production editor Hilal Sala for her attention to the myriad details getting the pages ready to go to press, to Anne Marie Walker for her copyediting and proofing, and to Joy Dean Lee for the indexing.

Several programmers have worked with me on this book. Michael Rosier assisted with the initial table of contents and some early code examples. Mark Turansky has been a valuable source of advice and ideas, and developed the framework examples in Chapter 6. Austin Markus of Ithus in San Francisco, who was the technical editor on my book Codin’ for the Web, wrote the PHP and much of the jQuery for the Author Carousel example in Chapter 7.

My sincere thanks go to Chris Heilmann, International Development Evangelist for the Yahoo! Development Network and JavaScript genius. He has been invaluable as the technical editor of this book, and I am grateful to him for his detailed and always humorous feedback on the code. He also developed the YUI example in Chapter 7. I am glad that he is such a night owl because I have often been able to videoconference with him on Skype in the early hours in London where he lives to get advice when working late here in South Carolina. It has been a great experience working with Chris, and I thank him for the time he has given to this project.

Special thanks goes to Scott Fegette, Technical Product Manager for Dreamweaver at Adobe, for his ongoing support and encouragement.

A quick shout-out goes to David Sarnoff, Sean Rose, and Mike Harding, fellow musicians in my band Mental Note (www.mentalnoteband.com). Guys, being able to get out and play from time to time during the development of this book has helped keep me sane, and I appreciate your friendship and the time we spend making music.

Once again, a big hug and a kiss for my wife Beth, who has expanded her role from my previous books to Development Editor on this one, and who has advised me on every aspect of it. She has edited the drafts of the chapters, corrected my grammar, reedited my run-on sentences (yes, still doing that), and had me rework my explanations until I produced something she could understand. She has coordinated the deliveries of the numerous rounds of chapters with the Peachpit team, developed the diagrams from my sketches, and, not least, laid out the entire book in its final form in Adobe InDesign. Thanks to you, sweetie, we did it again!

To my lovely daughters, Jemma and Lucy, we once again have had less time together while I have been writing, and now it’s time for our vacation. I love you so much, appreciate your patience while I have been shut in my office writing, and look forward to enjoying the rest of the summer with you both.

Finally, I want to thank you, my readers, for buying my books and for sharing your experiences using the techniques and ideas in them. I’m delighted to have finally completed this JavaScript book in response to all of you who have encouraged me to write it.

—Charles Wyke-Smith

Charleston, South Carolina, July 12, 2009

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