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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

The English essayist Joseph Addison once described an editor as someone who “rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm.” I don’t know if that’s true for editors in some of the more sedate publishing nooks (novels and cookbooks and such), but I think it applies perfectly to the rigors of computer book editing. Why? Well, the computer industry is so fast-paced that any kind of editorial (or authorial) dawdling could mean a book will be obsolete before it even hits the shelves.

The good folks at Sams avoid premature book obsolescence by subjecting each manuscript to a barrage of simultaneous edits from a number of specialists (I call it “gang editing”). So a process that normally might take months is knocked down to a few short weeks. This means you get a book that contains timely and relevant information, and a book that has passed muster with some of the sharpest eyes and inner ears in the business. My name may be the only one that appears on the cover, but tons of people had a big hand in creating what you now hold in your hands. 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:

Loretta Yates: Loretta is the original 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 over the years.

Rick Kughen: As both acquisitions editor and development editor for the Second Edition, it was Rick’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 Rick’s excellent instincts, his keen sense of how a book should flow together, and his own considerable Windows knowledge and skills.

Seth Kerney: Seth is the book’s project editor, which means he works long hours making sure the manuscript is ready for the page layout and proofreading process. We’ve worked together before, and I never cease to be amazed at Seth’s professionalism, competence, and good humor. Thanks, Seth, for yet another outstanding effort.

Mike Henry and Margo Catts: As copy editors, Mike and Margo have the often thankless task of cleaning up authors’ slapdash punctuation, rearranging their slipshod sentence structure, and just generally dotting their i’s and crossing their t’s. This requires an unerring eye for detail and the patience of a saint, so I extend a big thank you to Mike and Margo: Once again, you’ve made me look good.

Terri Stratton: Terri was the book’s technical editor. This means she verified all my facts and tried out all my techniques to make sure I didn’t steer you in the wrong direction. This requires patience and perseverance in equal amounts, and Terri was more than up to the task.

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