From Paul Nielsen: Of course, any book this size requires the efforts of several people.
Perhaps the greatest effort was made by my family as I spent long days, pulled all-nighters, and worked straight through weekends in the SQL Dungeon to finish the book. My first thank-you must go to my beautiful wife, Edie, and my kids, Lauren, David, and Dasha for their patience and love.
I also want to thank the folks at European Adoption Consultants who helped us with our adoption of Dasha from Russia in 2007. Every tiny detail was professional and we couldn't be more pleased. I encourage every healthy family to adopt an orphan. I know it's a stretch, but it's well worth it.
This was the second book that I did with the same team at Wiley: Bob Elliot, Ami Frank Sullivan, Mary Beth Wakefield, and Luann Rouff. What an amazing team, and I'm sure there are others with whom I didn't have direct contact. Ami is a pleasure to work with and one of the best editors in the business. I'm a lucky author to work with her.
I'm also lucky enough to be an MVP. By far the best benefit of being an MVP is the private newsgroup—reading the questions and dialogue between the MVPs more brilliant than me and the Microsoft development team. When Louis, Erland, Aaron, Hugo, Linchi, Alex, Simon, Greg, Denis, Adam, and, of course, Kalen, and the many others ask a question or dig into an issue, I pay attention. Whenever the MVPs meet I always feel like a fortunate guest to be among such a smart and insightful ...