The Missing Credits

About the Author

Matthew MacDonald is an author and programmer extraordinaire. He’s the author of Excel 2007: The Missing Manual, Creating Web Sites: The Missing Manual, and over a dozen books about programming with the Microsoft .NET Framework. In a dimly remembered past life, he studied English literature and theoretical physics.

About the Creative Team

Peter Meyers (editor) works as an editor at O’Reilly Media on the Missing Manual series. He lives with his wife and cats in New York City. Email: .

Sanders Kleinfeld (editor) is a production editor for the Head First series at O’Reilly Media. In addition to copyediting lengthy technical books, he enjoys British crosswords and Buffy the Vampire Slayer reruns. Email:

Juel Bortolussi (technical reviewer) has worked as an Access database developer for inventory and asset management systems in the design, beverage, and publishing industries. She thinks this book would make a great classroom textbook, providing students with database skills. Email:

Michael Schmalz (technical reviewer) works in banking and performs business and technology consulting in a variety of industries. He has done technical editing for O’Reilly on Microsoft Office books. Michael has a degree in finance from Penn State. He lives with his wife and daughter in Pennsylvania.

Sohaila Abdulali (copy editor) is a freelance writer and editor. She has published a novel, several children’s books, and numerous short stories and articles. She recently finished an ethnography of an aboriginal Indian woman. She lives in New York City with her husband Tom and their small but larger-than-life daughter, Samara. She can be reached through her Web site at www.sohailaink.com.

Jill Steinberg (copy editor) is a freelance writer and editor based in Seattle, and has produced content for O’Reilly, Intel, Microsoft, and the University of Washington. Jill was educated at Brandeis University, Williams College, and Stanford University. Email: .

Acknowledgements

Writing a book about a program as sprawling and complex as Access is a labor of love (love of pain, that is). I’m deeply indebted to a whole host of people, including those who helped me track down all the neat and nifty things you can do with the latest version of Office (including bloggers extraordinaire Jensen Harris and Erik Rucker), those who kept the book clear, concise, and technically accurate (Peter Meyers, Sarah Milstein, Brian Sawyer, Juel Bortolussi, and Michael Schmalz), and those who put up with me while I wrote it (more on that in a moment). I also owe thanks to many people who worked to get this book formatted, indexed, and printed—you can meet many of them on the Missing Credits page.

Completing this book required a few sleepless nights (and many sleep-deprived days). I extend my love and thanks to my daughter Maya, who put up with it without crying most of the time; my dear wife Faria, who mostly did the same; and our moms and dads (Nora, Razia, Paul, and Hamid), who contributed hours of babysitting, tasty meals, and general help around the house that kept this book on track. So thanks everyone—without you half of the book would still be trapped inside my brain!

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