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Acknowledgments, Kudos, Plaudits, and Assorted Pats on the Back

Acknowledgments, Kudos, Plaudits, and Assorted Pats on the Back

Being an author is the most wonderful vocation (I don't think of it as a job) I can imagine. I get to play with words, I get to talk about things I'm intensely interested in, and I get some big-time warm, fuzzy feelings when people write to me to tell me that, in some small way, something I've written has helped them.

However, just because my name is the only one that appears on the cover, don't think that this book is solely my creation. Any book, but especially a project as massive as this one, is the result of the efforts of many hard-working people. The Sams editorial staff, in particular, never fails to impress me with their dedication, work ethic, and commitment to quality. You'll find a list of all the people who worked on this book near the front, but there are a few I'd like to thank personally:

Jeff Koch: Jeff is the Executive Editor, which makes him the unofficial “CEO” of the book. With his laid-back style and ever-present sense of humor, Jeff was always a pleasure to work with. Jeff, I look forward to collaborating on many more projects in the future.

Kim Spilker: Kim was the Acquisitions Editor for this book, which means that she “acquired” me to write it. I'm honored that she would choose me for such an important project, and I thank her for the confidence she has shown in my abilities.

Brian-Kent Proffitt: As the original Development Editor for this book, it was Brian's job to work with me in determining the overall structure of the book and to make sure that all the relevant topics were covered in an order that made sense. If we succeeded in this (and I think we did), it's due in no small part to Brian's experience, knowledge, and unmatched judgment. Thanks, Brian, for your hard work and dedication. I wish you all the best in your new career.

Sandy Doell: Sandy had the unenviable task of taking over as Development Editor in midstream. That's no easy feat on a huge project such as this, but Sandy's experience and keen eye for detail enabled her to pull it off with style, grace, and good humor. Sandy, it was both an honor and a joy to work with you.

Tom Dinse, Maureen McDaniel, and Rebecca Mounts: As the book's Project Editors, this trio's daunting task was to gather everything together and make it presentable for the production process. Some last minute outline changes forced Tom to work even harder than usual, but he handled the extra workload without a hitch or a complaint. Maureen and Rebecca had the unenviable task of taking over as Project Editors late in the cycle, but thanks to their unparalleled competence and good humor, they managed to get the book dressed for the production prom without a hitch. Thanks to all of you for an outstanding effort.

Nancy Albright: As Copy Editor, Nancy has the often thankless task of turning an author's ugly prose into a thing of grammatical beauty. Well, her job is thankless no more because I truly appreciate the efforts to which she went to beautify this book.

Peter Kuo: Peter is a NetWare guru who wrote all the NetWare material in Part VI, “Unleashing Windows 98 Communications and Networking.” Once again, Peter, thank you for a job well done.

Greg Guntle: Greg was the book's Technical Editor. This means that he verified all my facts and tried out all my techniques to make sure I didn't steer you in the wrong direction. That's a tough and tedious job, but Greg was more than up to the challenge.

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