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I've decided to write a short blog-type post every week here on this forum. These posts are exclusive to this forum, and they will primarily be about the writing of the book.

I worked with three development editors for this project: Supriya Savkoor, Sean Dennis, and Helen Stergius (four if I count Susie Pizen, who covered for Supriya on vacation). Development editors are charged with the broad charter of developing the manuscript. This encompasses everything from finding grammar issues to rearranging the chapter orders.

DEs became my touch-point into Manning. I had the most interaction with them, both e-mail and voice (via Skype). DEs became keepers of the schedule and made sure I was staying on track. DEs helped me reach out to other parts of Manning as needed.

The revisions from the DE were tactical and strategic. As I progressed through the project, I learned that DEs ultimately represented the reader. Each DE that I worked with had questions that were invariably framed with the reader in mind.

Though none of the DEs were experienced with Git, their questions helped shape the book in significant ways. I wrote every word of the book, but every editor I worked with affected those words.

Helen got the book into production, and that merits an extra acknowledgement for sure. It's a shared accomplishment to get to this stage. Thanks Helen!

And Thank You for reading!