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About the Author

Roger Jennings is a consultant specializing in Windows client/server database systems. He was a member of the Microsoft technical beta testing team for all versions of Microsoft Access; every release of Visual Basic since version 2.0; Windows 3.1; Windows for Workgroups 3.1 and 3.11; Windows 95 and 98; Windows NT 3.5, 3.51, 4.0, and 2000 Server; Microsoft Exchange Server, the Microsoft ODBC 2.0 and 2.5 drivers; Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects (ADO); Microsoft SQL Server 6.0, 6.5, and 7.0; and Microsoft OLAP Services for SQL Server. Roger was one of the founding members of Microsoft's Access Insiders group.

Roger is the author of Que Publishing's Special Edition Using Microsoft Access titles for Access versions 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 95, and 97 (first and second editions), and Platinum Edition Using Access 97. He also wrote Que's Special Edition Using Windows NT Server 4, Unveiling Windows 95, Access Hot Tips, and Discover Windows 3.1 Multimedia. For Macmillan Computer Publishing's Sams imprint, he's written two editions of Access Developer's Guide, three editions of Database Developers Guide with Visual Basic (for versions 3.0, 4.0, and 6.0), and is series editor for the Roger Jennings' Database Workshop titles. Roger is a contributing editor for Fawcette Technical Publication's Visual Basic Programmer's Journal (http://www.devx.com/); his "Database Design" columns and feature articles appear regularly in VBPJ. Roger co-authored with Microsoft's Greg Nelson "A Client/Server Application: From Concept to Reality" presentation and white paper on Access 2.0, which appeared on the Microsoft Developer's Network CD-ROM and in the Microsoft Developer Network News.

Roger has more than 25 years of computer-related experience, beginning with his work on the Wang 700 desktop calculator/computer. His full biography is at http://www.mcp.com/publishers/que/authors/roger_jennings/. He's a principal of OakLeaf Systems, a Northern California software consulting firm and is the Webmaster for OakLeaf Music, http://www.oakmusic.com/. You can contact Roger at Roger_Jennings@compuserve.com.


Jon Price updated chapters 3 through 7, 14, 15, and 21 of this book. Jon is a San Antonio, Texas programming consultant who began developing Access databases in version 2.0. He's developed an Access sales force automation database for a communications company; a customer courtesy desk database for a grocery chain; an ordering and cataloguing database for a computer firm; a project and clientele tracking database for an engineering company; a loan history and forecasting database for a major bank; a production reporting database for a large insurance company; and an insurance policy generator and growth forecasting database for a major insurance company.

Outside the realm of Access development, Jon spent five years writing AutoLisp programs for AutoCad versions 10 through 14, when he was involved a major design application that's used by several Florida engineering offices. He also developed Paradox 4.x applications using ObjectPal and Approach projects with versions 3.0 and 96. Jon has written many database utilities in Visual Basic 5.0, and has designed front-ends to databases with Visual Basic 3.0 and 5.0. You can contact Jon at jonprice@stic.net.

Thanks to Dave Gainer, Kevin Mineweaser, Richard Dickenson, Charles Allard, Michael Kaplan, Loan Dang, Marc La Pierre, Rob Beene, all the other Microsoft Access product support and product management staff, and members of the Access Insiders group. Their collective contributions to the Access Insiders Roundtable and beta newsgroups were of invaluable assistance in the writing of this book.

Rosemarie Graham, executive editor, made sure I didn't fall too far behind the manuscript submission and author review schedule. Marla Reece-Hall, development editor, made many contributions to the content and organization of this new edition. Copy editors Lisa Lord and June Waldman corrected my grammatical and spelling errors. Susan Moore, project editor, worked hard to make sure all of the components of this edition flowed through the copy editing process and got to their final destinations on time. Jim Ferguson of FMS, Inc., the foremost publisher of Access add-ins, handled the technical editing chores. Jim's also a member of the Access Insiders group. Mark J. Duvall, Bruce Handley, and Dave Juth gave all of the chapters final technical scrutiny for last-minute changes. The responsibility for any errors or omissions, however, rests solely on my shoulders.

Steven Gray and Rick Lievano, authors of Roger Jennings' Database Workshop: Microsoft Transaction Server 2.0, created the original version of the Beckwith.mdb database as a Microsoft SQL Server 6.5 database.

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