"If you want to go fast, go alone;
if you want to go far, go together."
- African proverb
I am very grateful to all who have helped me during the design
and development of JIFFEE:
- William Crowther and Don Woods,
who never knew me but inspired my initial interest in Interactive Fiction
by writing the grand-daddy of all IF games: Colossal Cave, a.k.a.
Adventure. I will forever think of it as "advent."
- My children, who provided the impetus to finally get this project moving,
and who kept it moving by continually asking "Is it done yet?"
- The staff at
and Marron Wong,
who provided the organization and support to make the apprenticeships
- Heather Whitney, my first co-teacher in the Citizen Schools
apprenticeship, who provided a valuable second
perspective in addition to making it possible to teach JIFFEE
to a larger group of students.
She also did a fine job creating JIFFEE's first written user documentation,
a task which had been sadly neglected by yours truly.
- Matthew Kane, my second co-teacher, who was indispensable in
managing an even larger group of students.
Matt's bilingual skills were essential
(especially considering that I have none at all),
and he also had the courage to tell me that my verb API was
just too complicated — which prodded me into making significant
- Bridget Campbell, who scheduled the space for
teaching and made sure that enough computers were always
available for all of my Citizen Schools apprentices.
She made things run so smoothly that I could forget all about logistics
and concentrate on teaching JIFFEE.
- My apprentices in the Citizen Schools apprenticeships I've taught,
who probably didn't realize how much I was learning from them as they
were learning from me:
They were all guinea pigs for early pre-Beta versions of JIFFEE,
and their feedback was immensely helpful in showing me what needed to
- My colleague Craig Lawson, who is always happy to let me
test out my code on his shiny new toys.
- All the friends and acquaintances who offered opinions and
suggestions during casual conversation. I didn't log all your names,
but you know who you are.
- All the legions of programmers who built and maintain
Ubuntu Linux, JsUnit, JSDoc, JSLint, Rhino, Subversion, Firefox,
and all the other Open Source tools that I've relied on
to build JIFFEE. I stand on the shoulders of giants.
- My family, who always had faith that I could accomplish anything I
set my mind to.
- Last and most importantly, my wife Rosemary.
We've all read lots of books which recognize the support of a spouse
"without whom this book could never have been written," and I always just
thought, "that's nice." Now I realize that this sort of support
goes waaaaaaaaaay beyond "nice."
Somebody has to know you deeply to understand the creative fire in your belly
that drives you to keep working on such a crazy project,
and they have to love you enough to let
the project take a piece of you away from them for a while,
confident that in due time their gift
will circle around and come back to nourish your love.
JIFFEE and JIFFEEgames.com copyright © 2007-2010 by Michael S. Kenniston. All rights reserved. This page was last updated on 2010-01-01.