Matthew MacDonald

Matthew MacDonald

Toronto

Areas of Expertise:

  • brain
  • HTML5
  • WordPress
  • HTML
  • .NET
  • VB
  • C#
  • science
  • Access
  • Excel
  • Office
  • writing
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.

WordPress: The Missing Manual WordPress: The Missing Manual
by Matthew MacDonald
Second Edition July 2014
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

HTML5: The Missing Manual HTML5: The Missing Manual
by Matthew MacDonald
Second Edition December 2013
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $33.99

Office 2013: The Missing Manual Office 2013: The Missing Manual
by Nancy Conner, Matthew MacDonald
June 2013
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $33.99

Excel 2013: The Missing Manual Excel 2013: The Missing Manual
by Matthew MacDonald
April 2013
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $33.99

Access 2013: The Missing Manual Access 2013: The Missing Manual
by Matthew MacDonald
April 2013
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $33.99

WordPress: The Missing Manual WordPress: The Missing Manual
by Matthew MacDonald
October 2012
OUT OF PRINT

HTML5: The Missing Manual HTML5: The Missing Manual
by Matthew MacDonald
August 2011
OUT OF PRINT

Creating a Website: The Missing Manual Creating a Website: The Missing Manual
by Matthew MacDonald
Third Edition May 2011
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

Office 2010: The Missing Manual Office 2010: The Missing Manual
by Nancy Conner, Matthew MacDonald
July 2010
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $31.99

Excel 2010: The Missing Manual Excel 2010: The Missing Manual
by Matthew MacDonald
June 2010
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $31.99

Access 2010: The Missing Manual Access 2010: The Missing Manual
by Matthew MacDonald
June 2010
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $33.99

Attract Visitors to Your Site: The Mini Missing Manual Attract Visitors to Your Site: The Mini Missing Manual
by Matthew MacDonald
February 2010
Ebook: $4.99

Add Audio and Video to Your Site: The Mini Missing Manual Add Audio and Video to Your Site: The Mini Missing Manual
by Matthew MacDonald
February 2010
Ebook: $4.99

Add Interactivity to Your Site: The Mini Missing Manual Add Interactivity to Your Site: The Mini Missing Manual
by Matthew MacDonald
February 2010
Ebook: $4.99

Your Body: The Missing Manual Your Body: The Missing Manual
by Matthew MacDonald
July 2009
Print: $24.99
Ebook: $19.99

Creating a Web Site: The Missing Manual Creating a Web Site: The Missing Manual
by Matthew MacDonald
Second Edition December 2008
Ebook: $23.99

Your Brain: The Missing Manual Your Brain: The Missing Manual
by Matthew MacDonald
May 2008
Print: $24.99
Ebook: $19.99

Office 2007: The Missing Manual Office 2007: The Missing Manual
by Chris Grover, Matthew MacDonald, E. A. Vander Veer
April 2007
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $27.99

Access 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual Access 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual
by Matthew MacDonald
January 2007
Print: $19.99
Ebook: $15.99

Excel 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual Excel 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual
by Matthew MacDonald
January 2007
Print: $19.99
Ebook: $15.99

Access 2007: The Missing Manual Access 2007: The Missing Manual
by Matthew MacDonald
December 2006
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $27.99

Excel 2007: The Missing Manual Excel 2007: The Missing Manual
by Matthew MacDonald
December 2006
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $31.99

The Book of Visual Basic 2005 The Book of Visual Basic 2005 (No Starch)
by Matthew MacDonald
April 2006
OUT OF PRINT

Google: The Missing Manual Google: The Missing Manual
by Sarah Milstein, Rael Dornfest, J.D. Biersdorfer, Matthew MacDonald
Second Edition March 2006
Print: $24.99
Ebook: $19.99

Excel 2003 for Starters: The Missing Manual Excel 2003 for Starters: The Missing Manual
by Matthew MacDonald
October 2005
Print: $19.95
Ebook: $15.99

Creating Web Sites: The Missing Manual Creating Web Sites: The Missing Manual
by Matthew MacDonald
October 2005
Ebook: $23.99

Visual Basic 2005: A Developer's Notebook Visual Basic 2005: A Developer's Notebook
by Matthew MacDonald
April 2005
Print: $29.95
Ebook: $23.99

Excel 2003: The Missing Manual Excel 2003: The Missing Manual
by Matthew MacDonald
December 2004
Print: $39.95
Ebook: $31.99

ASP.NET in a Nutshell ASP.NET in a Nutshell
by G. Andrew Duthie, Matthew MacDonald
Second Edition August 2003
Print: $59.99
Ebook: $47.99

ADO.NET in a Nutshell ADO.NET in a Nutshell
by Bill Hamilton, Matthew MacDonald
April 2003
Print: $44.95
Ebook: $35.99

Programming .NET Web Services Programming .NET Web Services
by Alex Ferrara, Matthew MacDonald
September 2002
Print: $39.95
Ebook: $31.99

ASP.NET in a Nutshell ASP.NET in a Nutshell
by G. Andrew Duthie, Matthew MacDonald
June 2002
OUT OF PRINT

Book of VB .NET Book of VB .NET (No Starch)
by Matthew MacDonald
January 2002
OUT OF PRINT

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10 Easy Brain Enhancing Questions

January 08 2009

The 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

Five Practical Tips for Web Site Authors

December 10 2008

These 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."
--Linda McNeil, Macs@PACS

"This reference is essential...you get valuable information that would cost hundreds of dollars in a class or workshop for less than $30. I don’t see how anyone who wants to learn to build a better WordPress blog or business website could possibly go wrong."
--Carolyn Warren, BookPleasures.com

"MacDonald provides readers with all the basics of WordPress in one convenient package. "
--Kit O'Toole, Blogcritics.org

"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."
--Lisa Martin, Lisa Reviews

"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 layman’s “computerese.” "
--Conny Crisalli, BookPleasures.com

"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."
--Gregory Zentkovich, Amazon.com

"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."
--Howard Lewis, Bits and Bytes

"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!"
--Norma A. Holley

"This is both a top-notch reference book and a helpful learning tool. I highly recommend it."
--George Harding, eJournal of the Tucson Computer Society, March 2011, Volume 29, Number 3

"This is both a top-notch reference book and a helpful learning tool. I highly recommend it. "
--George Harding, Monthly Computer Chronicle, March 2011

"This in-depth guide is the only reference that an excel user is likely to need. "
--Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing

"From creating your first database, to publishing your database on the Web, this book covers it all."
--Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing

"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."
--Craig S. Mullins, Data and Technology Today

"The reality is that today’s 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!"
--Mitch Garvis, The World According to Mitch

"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."
--Bill Coan, WindowsTalk.org

"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."
--Anand Narayanaswamy, Learnxpress.com

"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!"
--George Harding, Monthly Computer Chronicle, June 2010

"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!"
--Lynda Lippin, Blogcritics.org

"...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."
--Lynda Lippin, Blogcritics.org

"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. "
--Dr. Tami Brady, TCM Reviews