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Matthew MacDonald is a science and technology writer with well over a dozen books to his name. He's particularly known for his books about building websites, which include a do-it-from-scratch tutorial (Creating a Website: The Missing Manual), a look at cutting-edge HTML5 (HTML5: The Missing Manual), and a WordPress primer (WordPress: The Missing Manual). He's also written a series of books about programming on and off the Web with .NET, teaches programming at Ryerson University, and is a three-time Microsoft MVP. In everyday life, Matthew is endlessly amazed by the odd, unusual, and just plain bonkers workings of the natural world. Those who don't have tech problems to solve can check out Matthew MacDonald's science books, where he debugs the quirks and complexities of the human brain (Your Brain: The Missing Manual) and body (Your Body: The Missing Manual). Matthew lives in Toronto, with his wife and two daughters.
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January 08 2009The following questions and answers were excerpted from the book Your Brain, The Missing Manual Also, be sure to check out Basic Tips for Mental Fitness from Your Brain: The Missing Manual Q: Turkey is one of the best things... read more
December 10 2008These days, aspiring Web site creators like you pick up a lot of Web-design theory before you start working on your pages. But as deadlines loom and the value of "do it right" falls victim to the imperative to... read more
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"This book is a recipe book for success as a blogger or website designer. The author, Matthew MacDonald, has created a soup-to-nuts book (how to create, manage, maintain, and extend a WordPress site) with the dessert course in the appendices (migrating WordPress and useful sites)...It makes a great how-to book for everyone from a beginner to an advanced user."
"This reference is essential...you get valuable information that would cost hundreds of dollars in a class or workshop for less than $30. I dont see how anyone who wants to learn to build a better WordPress blog or business website could possibly go wrong."
"MacDonald provides readers with all the basics of WordPress in one convenient package. "
"WordPress: The Missing Manual is a book you have to read before you start a blog. I found this book an easy read. It makes understanding WordPress quite simple. It lays everything out perfectly and finding information in here is quite easy."
"This knowledgeable manual is the perfect tool to keep nearby if one has a WordPress blog and either does not know where to start or has to correct, change or trouble-shoot his or her own self-hosted blog site. Kudos to MacDonald for writing and explaining such a complicated topic in laymans computerese. "
"This is the most complete all-in-one manual on website development I have ever read. I was amazed on the amount of information covered in this book, it is almost overwhelming. But, if you stick it out, the end result will be a thorough foundation on website development, community building and, if you wanted to, use your new found knowledge and skills to make money on the web."
"This is one book I can recommend for both the beginning Excel user along with the advanced user who wishes to utilize some of the more sophisticated features of the package."
"I find Matthew MacDonald to be an excellent teacher! This book will become my Access Bible! I highly recommend this book to from Beginners to Advanced lovers of Access! Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy...I certainly am!"
"This is both a top-notch reference book and a helpful learning tool. I highly recommend it."
"This is both a top-notch reference book and a helpful learning tool. I highly recommend it. "
"This in-depth guide is the only reference that an excel user is likely to need. "
"From creating your first database, to publishing your database on the Web, this book covers it all."
"This book offers a load of educational material, delivering useful morsels of information that was new even to someone who has been using Office for years."
"The reality is that todays Office is too big for anyone except the REAL experts to know everything, and having a good reference manual is crucial to your success with the advanced functionality of the suite. My reference is certainly this book
as the sub-title read, it really is the book that should have been in the box!"
"Readers who have been using Access for years will appreciate sections of the book devoted to Access 2010's new 'backstage' view, new navigation controls, revamped macro designer, and new Ribbon customization capabilities. Readers interested in extending the reach of their Access databases will appreciate sections devoted to working with SQL Server, Sharepoint, and the web."
"From my point of view, the Attract Visitors to Your Site will be useful for beginners and those who are going to start a website."
"As is usual for the Missing Manual series, this is an
excellent reference source, as well as an outstanding learning aid. I highly recommend it!"
"If you know your way around the web but just have a few questions and clarifications about multimedia files and how to appropriately use them in your web site, Add Audio & Video to Your Site: The Mini Missing Manual is a handy guide to the information you need in order to make that happen. I highly recommended this!"
"...if you are a newbie to the web and want to learn just a bit more to customize your site and let your visitors communicate with you and have some fun, Add Interactivity to Your Site: The Mini Missing Manual will give you just enough information to make that happen."
"At first, Access seems pretty daunting but I found that by the time I got through the book, I was pretty confident taking what I learned and adapting it to my own needs. "
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