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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 applications for such companies as Gateway, HP, Toshiba, IBM, Intuit, Peachtree, Dell, Covad Communications, and Microsoft. He's worked for such companies as ADCS Inc. and Wireless Knowledge as a wireless software engineer, developing .NET solutions for companies including Mellon Financial, Goldman Saks, TV Guide, Healthbanks, The Gartner Group, Microsoft, Qualcomm, and Commerce One.

His skill set includes technologies and languages such as HTML/XHTML, XML/XSLT/XPATH/XQUERY, JavaScript, CSS, ASP, ASP.NET, VB.NET, C#, ADO.NET, Web Services, SQL, T-SQL, ActionScript, and ColdFusion MX.

Aside from teaching and holding design lectures for the San Diego Community College District on various technologies and tools (including Dreamweaver MX 2004, ASP.NET, ADO.NET, and Web services), Zak is the author of the 10 Minute Guide to Dreamweaver 4 for Que Publishing and Build Your Own ASP.NET Website Using C# and VB.NET and for SitePoint Press.

Zak is a Macromedia Certified Professional (MMCP), a Microsoft Certified Application Developer for .NET (MCAD), a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer for .NET (MCSD), and is currently working on his Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) certification.

Matthew Pizzi is the training director at Train Simple (www.trainsimple.com), a software training company specializing in Macromedia, Adobe, and Quark products. With authorized locations in Santa Monica, California, and Boston, Massachusetts, Train Simple provides the ultimate in classroom hands-on training from coast to coast.

Matthew has also been a key developer of Train Simple's online training efforts. Train Simple Online (www.trainsimpleonline.com) offers interactive, self-paced online training for software products at a fraction of the cost of hands-on classes. Train Simple Online offers a robust training experience by means of qualified instructors and top-quality curriculum delivered through QuickTime movies and Flash animations.

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