In late October, I'd posted an appeal for a research assistant to lend me a hand with the Handbook. I received around 50 replies and in between customer visits have been sorting through them all. I was flattered by the breadth of responses. I had many from the US, but many more from India, Asia, and South American; offers came from everyone from undergrad and grad students to senior architects of some large companies. Thank you all for getting in touch with me.
It was not easy to choose, but in the end I selected another IBM colleague, Celso Gonzales to lend me a hand. Thanks to Amazon, I'm filling out Celso's library a bit so that he can first work on reorganizing the almost 2,000 patterns I've already cataloged. You'll see some subtle changes in that part of the Handbook site over time (and I'll blog about those changes as they unfold).