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Preface > Acknowledgments


Writing the acknowledgments for a book is an exciting time for any author because it means that the months of research, long hours of writing, and absence from friends and family is finally drawing to a close. It's also a time to reflect and thank all those people who helped make it happen—which, of course, is impossible. That's not going to stop us from giving it a shot, however.

This book, like all books, was not written solely by the authors listed on the cover.

First and foremost, we'd like to tip our hat to the hundreds of people who helped us toil through Outlook's nuances. This group will never be justly acknowledged in the space provided, despite the fact they were the driving force in asking the questions that led to the answers you are about to read. You know who you are—thank you.

A deep bow of respect and gratitude goes to Troy Mott, our editor at O'Reilly. He was a source of inspiration. He pushed us to get things right. He was critical when it was appropriate, and the first to offer praise when it was due. He polished our writing skills, pushed us in new directions, and pulled us from the brink of despair more than once. Troy's name belongs on the cover of this book just as much as ours. As you read the following pages, keep in mind that there were three architects of Outlook 2000 in a Nutshell, not two.

Next are the technical reviewers who scoured every word we wrote for errors and ways to describe a concept better, and dotting all the "i's." Many, many thanks to: Moshe Bar, Brian Bilbrey, Steve DeLassus, Helen Feddema, and Matt Beland.

We also extend a very special thanks to Robert Bruce Thompson. Without his pushing and prodding, this book would not have been written. Not only did he review our work, strike-through the "wills" (that's "display," Tom, not "will display"), and ask hard questions, he graciously offered the advice of a respected and seasoned author when we needed it most. Thank you Bob, for helping us to keep our eyes on the ball.

In addition, we'd like to express our thanks to Carrie-Anne Rombough at Environics Communications for providing us with an evaluation Palm IIIx. Chapter 16 would not have been possible without her kindness and technical insights.

On a personal note, Tom would like to thank his friends and family for their patience and support. In particular:

My dear wife, Leah, who worked twenty hours a day pacifying a teething seven-month-old and ministering after our five-year-old daughter who is at that stage in her life where she wants to do everything RIGHT NOW (except clean her room). When I needed quiet, Leah somehow managed to arrange it. When I needed food, she slipped it under the door. When I couldn't be there for my children, she filled in. And when I needed sleep, she reminded me of this fact—with mixed success.

My friends Matt, Brian, and Billy who took time the time to call and remind me not how much further I had to go, but how far I had already come.

And last but not least, my friend Moshe. There's an old saying, "If you save one life, you save the world." I want to thank Moshe for his life-saving advice, and for saving my world on more than one occasion.

We hope you get as much out of reading this book as we did writing it.

—Tom Syroid and Bo Leuf

February 2000

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