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The animal on the cover of VBScript in a Nutshell, Second Edition is a miniature pinscher. Known only to have existed in Germany up until about 100 years ago, the miniature pinscher is said to have descended from the German pinscher or is possibly a cross between the Italian greyhound and the dachshund. He is not a small Doberman pinscher, as some may think. He was bred to be a ratter and a good barking watchdog.
The miniature pinscher is considered the smallest breed of guard dog. It is classified in Group 2, which also includes the Doberman pinscher, rottweiler, mastiff, boxer, and Great Dane.
The miniature pinscher has been characterized as having a heroic demeanor and a striking personality. Pinscher owners commonly affirm that the dog is small and fragile only in appearance, not in temperament. Mary Brady was the production editor and proofreader for VBScript in a Nutshell, Second Edition. Emily Quill and Claire Cloutier provided quality control. Jamie Peppard and Derek Di Matteo provided production support. Brenda Miller wrote the index.
Ellie Volckhausen designed the cover of this book, based on a series design by Edie Freedman. The cover image is a 19th-century engraving from the Dover Pictorial Archive. Emma Colby produced ...