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Matthew Pizzi is the Training Director at Train Simple (www.trainsimple.com), a software training company specializing in multimedia products, located in Santa Monica, California. Matthew has been teaching Macromedia products for several years and is the author of Flash MX Unleashed by Sams Publishing. He has also authored multiple training CDs. Matthew now heads up Train Simple online training efforts with their revolutionary Web-based training system.

Train Simple offers a robust training experience by means of qualified instructors, and top-quality curriculum delivered though small, intensive workshops. As a Macromedia Certified training provider, a Quark Certified Training Center, Discreet Authorized Training Center, as well as an Apple Authorized Training Center, Train Simple offers the most complete, up-to-date software training for all levels. Training levels range from the private enthusiast to the multimedia professional. For more information on classes, or training CDs, please visit www.trainsimple.com.

Zak Ruvalcaba has been researching, designing, and developing for the Web since 1995. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from San Diego State University and a Master of Science in Instructional Technology from National University in San Diego. He served as Creative Director with EPIC Solutions until 1998. His expertise in developing Web applications led him to a position as Manager of Web Development at SkyDesk, Inc., where he developed Web solutions for such companies as Gateway, HP, Toshiba, IBM, Intuit, Peachtree, Dell, Covad Communications, and Microsoft. He has worked at ADCS Inc. and Wireless Knowledge as a software engineer, developing .NET solutions for Mellon Financial, Goldman Saks, TV Guide, Healthbanks, The Gartner Group, and Commerce One.

His skill set includes technologies and languages from HTML, XHTML, XML/XSLT, WML, ASP, ASP.NET, Visual Basic.NET, Web Services, JavaScript, CSS, SQL, and ActionScript. Utilizing these technologies he is the founder and president of Module Media, a new media development and training firm in San Diego.

Aside from teaching and holding design lectures on various technologies and tools, including Dreamweaver MX, Flash MX, and ASP.NET for the San Diego Community College District, Zak Ruvalcaba is the author of the 10 Minute Guide to Dreamweaver 4 by Que Publishing, and is a Macromedia Certified Professional.

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