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With this edition of the book, I'd like to break from tradition and cheat my family and friends out of praise, because frankly it's going to their heads. I dedicate this book to James Gosling, Mike Sheridan, Kim Polese, Bill Joy and the others who launched the first version of this amazing programming language back in 1995. A language I was once surprised to see running on a web page is now running apps on millions of Android phones around the world -- a testimonial to the visionary work you did at the late Sun Microsystems. Long may the purple reign!
To the folks at Sams -- especially Mark Taber, Songlin Qiu, Tonya Simpson, and Charlotte Kughen. No author can produce a book like this on his own. Their excellent work will give me plenty to take credit for later.
To Laura Lewin at the Studio B agency, who worked hard on my behalf in regard to this title and many others.
To my wife, Mary, and my sons, Max, Eli, and Sam. Although our family has not fulfilled my dream of becoming death-defying high wire trapeze acrobats, I'm the world's proudest husband and father in a household of acrophobics.
I'd also like to thank readers who have sent helpful comments about corrections, typos, and suggested improvements to the book. The list includes Brian Converse, Philip B. Copp III, Justin de Ridder, Wallace Edwards, M.B. Ellis, Kevin Foad, Adam Grigsby, Mark Hardy, Kelly Hoke, Donovan Kelorii, Russel Loski, Dillon Nichols, Rob O'Neill, Jason Saredy, Mike Savage, Peter Schrier, Gene Wines, Jim Yates and others who shall remain nameless because they helped me improve the book before I started this list.
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