There are five names on the front of this book, but there are many more people who are responsible for creating the book you are now holding. There were several people, who, behind the scenes, made this book possible. First, we'd like to thank Sondra Scott, Senior Acquisitions Editor for Addison-Wesley Professional. She went well beyond the call of duty to ensure that all the contracts were worked out to meet everyone's needs while keeping this book on track and on focus. Sondra, without you, this book would not have materialized.
We also would like to thank Debby English, copy editor, and Kathy Glidden, project manager, who went through a rather rough manuscript with a fine-toothed comb and made the sentences flow well and caught a number of minor errors, all while keeping us on schedule. Both of you did a great job and we are indebted to you.
We would also like to thank those that helped ensure this manuscript is as free of technical errors as possible: Gary Bushey (SharePoint MVP, Microsoft Corporation), Scott Brown (Microsoft UK Corporation), and Thomas Lee (QA, London). Thank you all for your work and dedication to this book and for giving us additional insight into how to make this book better!
Bill English: It is not often that such an outstanding group of authors come together to produce a great work, but this is what has happened. As I was reading through the chapters, I was struck over and over again with the quality of writing from the authors on this team and found myself repeatedly impressed with their effort, attention to detail, and the professionalism that they demonstrated. It is rare to be in such great company, and so to Olga, Steve, Todd, and Shawn: You guys are great! Thank you for working on this project and for adding significant value to the original vision and concept for this book. You all have been great to work with and I hope we can do more together in the future.
On a personal note, I'd like to thank Neil Salkind at StudioB for supporting this project and for helping with the contractual issues. As usual, Neil, you did your outstanding work and I appreciate your efforts. I also want to thank Kathy, my wife, who continues to support and love me when I'm writing books. As usual, you're a great person to whom to be married.
Finally, I'd like to thank Jesus Christ, who gave me the opportunity to write this book and without whom I would be lost forever.
Olga Londer: My very personal thanks go to the author team Bill, Shawn, Steve, and Todd. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with all of you, and I sincerely hope we will have opportunities to work together in the future.
I would also like to thank all at AQ for supporting me throughout the writing of this book. Without the kind help and support of all my colleagues at QA this book would have never been written. Special thanks go to Justin Turner and Thomas Lee for their endless encouragement, understanding, and help.
I'm grateful to Henry Winkler and David Frearson of Microsoft CMS team for reviewing my chapters and suggesting valuable additions and alterations. It was Henry who provided an identity matrix for Chapter 19, "Managing User Access" thank you!
Last, but not least, I would like to thank my husband, who stoically coped with my nearly constant work in the evenings and over the weekends, always maintained his good humor, and never complained.
Shawn Shell: I'd like to start by thanking the other authors. Bill, Steve, Olga, and Todd you were all fantastic to work with and I enjoyed our partnership. I don't believe I could have worked with a better group.
I would also like to thank folks in the following organizations:
At Dell, first and foremost, I would like to thank Sue Hanley. You have been nothing but encouraging, constructively critical, and someone who is always willing to listen (when you're not checking e-mail 6); I couldn't have picked a better manager or mentor. I would like to thank Neil Isford, whose support of this project helped make my participation possible. I would like to thank Paul Kolinsky, who initially hired me and made my time at Dell possible. In addition, I would like to thank all of my friends across DPS. You guys are a great group of people to work with and I'm lucky to have had the opportunity to be a part of such a fantastic team.
At Microsoft, I would like to thank all of my friends, spread across various groups. Specifically (listed in no particular order): Anne Weiler, Mike Van Snellenberg, Jean Pierre Poissant, Steve Cawood (of course), Ben Heng, Pat Miller, Jan Shanahan, Arpan Shah, Jim Lorenz, Ro Dhanda, Laura Nance, and Ivan Smigoc. I've known some of you since the NCompass days, others only since the acquisition. I appreciate your help, professionalism, and the occasional tasty tidbit of knowledge (and pre-release code...hint hint...).
Outside of Microsoft and Dell, I would like to thank the following people....Although no longer at Microsoft, I would like to thank Paul Loughlin. Without you, I probably would never have gotten to know NCompass or Resolution. Thanks, man! I would also like to thank Brian Fildes and John Crane. You both served as guiding figures early in my career and you taught me a great many things; I feel my successes are, in part, due to your tutelage.
On a personal note, I would like to thank my wife, who has been a constant source of support, encouragement, and understanding. While she wasn't thrilled about my very late nights in the office, her love and support never wavered. I would also like to thank my parents for providing me with a solid foundation to achieve whatever I set my mind to.
Note: For those of you who haven't figured out where BOTS Consulting got its name...BillOlgaToddSteveShawn (two S's at the end would have been a few too many consonants).
Todd Bleeker: A resounding "thank you" to my outstanding co-authors, the talented people at Addison-Wesley Professional, StudioB, IPCS Consulting, and Microsoft. I also appreciate the strong support I received from my wife and kids (see my dedication); my mom and dad, Millie and Gary Bleeker; my inlaws, Marcy and Ron Olson; and my entire extended family. Finally, I'm grateful for the extended technical discussion my younger brother, Troy, and I had over ice cream one Sunday afternoon. BZ (bravo zulu) and Godspeed to all y'all.
Steve Cawood: This book could not have been written without the help of the Microsoft Content Management Server product group. I would like to thank the whole team. In addition to this, I would like to specifically thank the following people for their help: Jan Shanahan, David Frearson, Pat Miller, Charles Morris, Kristian van der Hoek, Christa Peters, John Keinanen, Stefan Goßner, Henry Winkler, Mike Taghizadeh, Chris White, Luke Nyswonger, Mark Poernbacher, Arpan Shah, Tarun Banga, Glen Buhlmann, Sigrid Elenga, and Rasool Rayani.
I would also like to thank Christa for her tireless encouragement and support.