The development of Start-to-Finish Visual Basic 2005 has been a labor of love for me, and I am blessed to have had so many others go through the labor with me. Joan Murray was my Addison-Wesley editor for this project. She, along with Curt Johnson, Chris Zahn, and Jessica D'Amico, are really like a team of obstetricians. They take an author who is going through a labor of words, and deliver up a living and breathing book. Their skill and their bedside manner in this project have meant a lot to me.
Several other authors and programmers took time out of their day jobs to review each chapter of the book and point out its deficiencies, which were numerous before their arrival. I especially wish to thank Glenn Berry, Alex Bierhaus, Harry Chen, Ken Getz, Lowell Mauer, and Dan Sullivan for their superb comments.
Many thanks to Joe Binder, Jay Roxe, Prasadi de Silva, and Eric Knox, all members of the Visual Basic team at Microsoft. Each of them fielded a relentless onslaught of questions about esoteric Visual Basic and .NET features, and provided answers filled with knowledge, patience, and grace.
My agent, Claudette Moore, always deserves her own paragraph in any computer book I write. Not only does she do a great job at all of the normal agenty things, but also she shares personally in the joys and sorrows of the authors under her charge. Thank you for another fun year in books.
To Maki, my wife, and to Spencer, my son, I give a special wave of thanks. If you've ever spent time with an author, then you know how cranky they can get. But Maki and Spencer combat crankiness with care and love, and it works. The words "thank you" seem so inadequate when I owe both of them so much. Thanks be to God because he provided such a tremendous family to me.