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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

I had a conversation with Que Executive Editor Rick Kughen a couple of years ago about the nifty but unglamorous tools and programs that are provided with Windows, the tools we somehow don't have room to write about in those thick Special Edition Using tomes. Perhaps I caught him at a weak and confused moment, but he suggested that I ought to write a book about them, and that Que ought to publish it. I bring this up because this was and is quite an honor. It's not every day that a publisher says, in essence, “If you're excited about this, we are too.” So, to start with, I thank Rick Kughen for his confidence in me and in this project, and for his unflagging support, patience, encouragement, guidance, and more patience. All that and the guy is kind, funny, and one heck of a fisherman to boot.

It's an honor to work with a highly respected publisher like Que. Thanks to Associate Publisher Greg Wiegand for his faith in me and in the rest of his outstanding team during this arduous project. This book would not have made any sense at all, or at least, it would not make whatever sense it does make without Todd Brakke's hand in developing and editing it. I am grateful for his organizational guidance and enthusiasm for the material. Also, many, many thanks to Bart Reed for not only his amazing attention to detail in copy editing, but for very helpful technical questions and answers.

Don't let those job descriptions fool you—at Que at least, titles such as “development editor” and “copy editor” don't begin to describe the breadth of the contributions that each team member makes to each book.

I'd also like to acknowledge the support of our technical editor Brian Fulk, who meticulously tried every sample program and example, and who went over every syntax statement with a fine-tooth comb. Then, there is an entire army of people who labor largely unseen and unthanked—the people who do the real work. I'd like to thank the editorial, indexing, layout, art, proofing, and other production staff at Que. And finally, thanks to Sheila Schroeder and Tonya Simpson for managing the whole project through its erratic course.

I would not be writing at all if it were not for Bob Cowart who brought me into this arena to begin with. Thank you, Bob, for your confidence, partnership, and your example. I also thank Chris Van Buren for his hand in making this project come about and for taking care of the business end of all this.

Then, there are the people who have made it possible for me to get through these months of writing: Frank and Pete who made me leave the office at least a few times to go snowboarding, the crew at Peet's Coffee & Tea who kept me well-decaffeinated every afternoon, my business partner Eric who has let me turn our office into a paper- and book-strewn horror house for the last six months, Mike Holloway who helped collate, research, and test the object and command-line references, and Bryce Carter who has provided guidance and encouragement of the deepest sort.

Finally, love and gratitude to Norm, my anesthesiologist, whom I promised after the last round of book writing that life would soon get back to normal. Well, I may have missed by six or eight months, but it's going to happen.

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