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Malcolm, Graeme, 1971-
       Programming Microsoft SQL Server 2000 with XML / Graeme Malcolm.
         p.  cm.
       Includes index.
       ISBN 0-7356-1369-9
        1.  SQL server.  2.  Client/server computing.  I.  Title.

   QA76.9.C55 M343   2001
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This book is dedicated to Charles and Andy, who bet me that I couldn’t get the phrase “Turkish oily man wrestling” into a Microsoft Press publication.


It’s traditional in the acknowledgments section to make the point that writing a book is an enormous task and the author couldn’t have done it without the help and support of a cast of thousands, which generally turns the whole section into a kind of Oscar acceptance speech. Of course, this kind of acknowledgment means that the author gets all the credit if the book is a success but supplies a convenient list of scapegoats to take the blame if it all goes horribly wrong.

So I’d like to make the point that writing a book is an enormous task and I couldn’t have done it without the help and support of a cast of thousands. First of all, I want to thank my partner, Rose, for her willingness to put up with my part-time life while this book was written and for managing to look suitably interested every time she heard me describe what it was that I was actually writing about. I also want to mention the great team of people I work with at Content Master Ltd. for their tremendous breadth of technical expertise and willingness to share it. Finally, I’d like to thank my editor at Microsoft Press, Kathleen Atkins, for making my passive voice active and coping with all manner of bizarre Scottish colloquialisms, and technical editor, Julie Xiao, for her amazing attention to detail in checking my example code. (Although any errors are of course my fault, not Julie’s!) We’ve worked hard to produce this book, and I hope you enjoy reading it.

Graeme Malcolm