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To my wife M.C. Moewe for the first 18 years of happily ever after. May this book sell considerably better than the first book I dedicated to you back in 1996, Sams Teach Yourself SunSoft Java Workshop in 21 Days. I'm not implying that your dedication had anything to do with the sales performance of that title, but if this book suffers a similar fate, I might have second thoughts about not dedicating it to my mother. But I digress. Someone was looking out for me when I stumbled drunkenly into the love of my life at a three-keg toga bacchanalia at the University of Texas-Arlington in 1987. I will always cherish the first moment when you stared at me through thick beer goggles and decided I wasn't as weird looking as you originally suspected. óRogers

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