management, intelligent systems, net-centriccomputing, andsoftware engineering. Thesechapters explore
topics like cryptography, computational chemistry, computational astrophysics, human-centered software
development, cognitive modeling, transaction processing, data compression, scripting languages, multi-
media databases, event-driven programming, and software architecture.
A work of this magnitude cannot be completed without the efforts of many individuals. During the 2-year
process that led to the ﬁrst edition, I had the pleasure of knowing and working with ten very distinguished,
talented, and dedicated editorial advisors:
Harold Abelson (MIT), Mikhail Atallah (Purdue), Keith Barker (Uconn), Kim Bruce (Williams),
John Carroll (VPI), Steve Demurjian (Uconn), Donald House (Texas A&M), Raghu
Ramakrishnan (Wisconsin), Eugene Spafford (Purdue), Joe Thompson (Mississippi State), and
Peter Wegner (Brown).
For this edition, a new team of trusted and talented editorial advisors helped to reshape and revitalize
the Handbook in valuable ways:
Robert Cupper (Allegheny), Fadi Deek (NJIT), Robert Noonan (William and Mary)
All of these persons provided valuable insights into the substantial design, authoring, reviewing, and
production processes throughout the ﬁrst eight years of this Handbook’s life, and I appreciate their work
Of course, it is the chapter authors who have shared in these pages their enormous expertise across the
wide range of subjects in computer science. Their hard work in preparing and updating their chapters is
evident in the very high quality of the ﬁnal product. The names of all chapter authors and their current
professional afﬁliations are listed in the contributor list.
I want also to thank Bowdoin College for providing institutional support for this work. Personal thanks
go especially to Craig McEwen, Sue Theberge, Matthew Jacobson-Carroll, Alice Morrow, and Aaron
Olmstead at Bowdoin, for their various kinds of support as this project has evolved over the last eight
years. Bob Stern, Helena Redshaw, Joette Lynch, and Robert Sims at CRC Press also deserve thanks for
their vision, perseverance and support throughout this period.
Finally, the greatest thanks is always reserved for my wife Meg – my best friend and my love – for her
eternal inﬂuence on my life and work.
Allen B. Tucker
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