The Missing Credits

About the Author

Matthew MacDonald is an author and programmer extraordinaire. He’s the author of Access 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: .

Rhea Howard (technical reviewer) works in the Operations department at O’Reilly Media and is an avid Excel user. She currently splits her time between Sebastopol and San Francisco, CA.

Zack Barresse (technical reviewer) started teaching himself Excel in 2003 and fast became an addict. In October 2005, he was awarded the Microsoft MVP award for Excel. Along with Jake Hilderbrand, he owns http://www.VBAeXpress.com, a site dedicated to VBA. His full-time gig is as an ambulance EMT. Zack’s a family man and a volunteer lieutenant with his local fire department.

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 http://www.sohailaink.com.

Acknowledgements

Writing a book about a program as sprawling and complex as Excel 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 David Gainer and Jensen Harris), those who kept the book clear, concise, and technically accurate (Peter Meyers, Sarah Milstein, Zack Barresse, and Rhea Howard), 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.

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!

The Missing Manual Series

Missing Manuals are witty, superbly written guides to computer products that don’t come with printed manuals (which is just about all of them). Each book features a handcrafted index and RepKover, a detached-spine binding that lets the book lie perfectly flat without the assistance of weights or cinder blocks.

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