Bible

Jeff Ferguson, Brian Patterson, Jason Beres, Pierre Boutquin, and Meeta Gupta

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About the Authors

Jeff Ferguson is a senior consultant with Magenic Technologies, a software consulting company dedicated to solving business problems exclusively using Microsoft tools and technologies. He has been a professional software developer since 1989 and has developed software using C, C++, and C# for Unix, DOS, and Windows systems. Send e-mail to Jeff at [email protected] (remember to include all three "F"s in the name portion of the address).

Brian Patterson currently works for Affina, Inc., as a Technical Team Leader, where he is generally working with C++ on HP-UX or Windows development with any number of the Visual Studio languages. Brian has been writing for various Visual Basic publications since 1994 and has co-written several .NET-related books, including Migrating to Visual Basic .NET and .NETEnterprise Development with VB.NET. You can generally find him posting in the MSDN newsgroups or you can reach him by e-mail at [email protected].

Jason Beres has been a software developer for 10 years. He is currently a consultant in south Florida and works exclusively with Microsoft technologies. Jason holds the MCT, MCSD, and MCDBA certifications from Microsoft. When he is not teaching, consulting, or writing, he is formatting his hard drive, installing the latest beta products from Microsoft, and keeping up with the latest episodes of "Star Trek."

Pierre Boutquin is a senior software architect in the treasury of a major Canadian bank, where he helps develop leading-edge market risk management software. He has more than a decade of experience implementing PC-based computer systems, with in-depth knowledge of distributed systems design, data warehousing, Visual Basic, Visual C++, and SQL. He has co-written many programming books and has contributed material on VB, COM+, XML, and SQL to other books. Koshka and Sasha, his two adorable Burmese cats, own most of Pierre's spare time. While petting them, he often thinks how nice it would be to find more time and get back into chess or keep up with news from Belgium, his native country. You can reach him at [email protected].

Meeta Gupta has a master's degree in computer engineering. Networking is her first love. She is presently working at NIIT Ltd., where she designs, develops, and authors books on a varied range of subjects. She has co-written books on TCP/IP, A+ Certification, ASP.NET, and PHP. She also has an extensive experience in designing and developing ILTs. Besides writing, Meeta has conducted courses on C++, Sybase, Windows NT, Unix, and HTML for a diverse audience, from students to corporate clients.

NIIT is a global IT solutions company that creates customized multimedia training products and has more than 2,000 training centers worldwide. NIIT has more than 4,000 employees in 37 countries and has strategic partnerships with a number of major corporations, including Microsoft and AT&T.

About the Series Editor

Michael Lane Thomas is an active development community and computer industry analyst who presently spends a great deal of time spreading the gospel of Microsoft .NET in his current role as a .NET technology evangelist for Microsoft. In working with over a half-dozen publishing companies, Michael has written numerous technical articles and written or contributed to almost 20 books on numerous technical topics, including Visual Basic, Visual C++, and .NET technologies. He is a prolific supporter of the Microsoft certification programs, having earned his MCSD, MCSE+I, MCT, MCP+SB, and MCDBA.

In addition to technical writing, Michael can also be heard over the airwaves from time to time, including two weekly radio programs on Entercom (http://www.entercom.com/) stations, including most often in Kansas City on News Radio 980KMBZ (http://www.kmbz.com/). He can also occasionally be caught on the Internet doing an MSDN Webcast (http://www.microsoft.com/usa/webcasts/) discussing .NET, the next generation of Web application technologies.

Michael started his journey through the technical ranks back in college at the University of Kansas, where he earned his stripes and a couple of degrees. After a brief stint as a technical and business consultant to Tokyo-based Global Online Japan, he returned to the States to climb the corporate ladder. He has held assorted roles, including those of IT manager, field engineer, trainer, independent consultant, and even a brief stint as Interim CTO of a successful dot-com, although he believes his current role as .NET evangelist for Microsoft is the best of the lot. He can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].

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For my family and my friends. Jeff Ferguson

This book is dedicated to my uncle, Brian Weston, who didn't seem to mind when I came to visit and spent all day with his TRS-80 Model II. Brian Patterson

To Nitin, who was the driving force. Meeta Gupta

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