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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ben Forta is Macromedia Inc.'s Senior Product Evangelist, and has two decades of experience in the computer industry in product development, support, training, and marketing. Ben is the author of the best-selling ColdFusion Web Application Construction Kit and its sequel Advanced ColdFusion Application Development, as well as books on SQL, JavaServer Pages, WAP, Windows development, and more. Over 1 million Ben Forta books have been printed in a dozen languages worldwide. Ben co-authored the official Macromedia ColdFusion training material, as well as the certification tests and Macromedia Press study guides for those tests, and is now working on several new titles dedicated to Macromedia's new MX platform. He writes regular columns on ColdFusion and Internet development, and now spends a considerable amount of time lecturing and speaking on application development worldwide. Ben welcomes your e-mail at ben@forta.com and invites you to visit his web site at http://www.forta.com/.

Nate Weiss has been building web applications for many years, most of them with ColdFusion. Along the way, he became an active member of the ColdFusion developer community as a member of what is now the Team Macromedia peer-to-peer support program, and by contributing popular custom tags and other free, reusable code at his website, nateweiss.com. He has spoken on various topics at many of Macromedia's ColdFusion developer conferences, has written articles for the developer's section of the Macromedia website, and put together the WDDX SDK at openwddx.org. Nate lives in Brooklyn with Stephanie, his foxy and charming lady-friend, loves the city and especially its fabulous Public Library, writes fiction on the fire escape when he's not working with ColdFusion, and is trying to write some music too. He is pleased and proud to help shape another edition in Ben Forta's distinctive series on ColdFusion development. Nate can be reached at nate@nateweiss.com.

Leon Chalnick is president of Advanta Solutions, Inc., a boutique software consulting firm headquartered in Los Angeles. Advanta specializes in streamlining complex business processes by developing Web-enabled applications. Advanta is a Macromedia Alliance Consulting Partner.

Since 1992, Mr. Chalnick has authored or co-authored several books and articles on programming and database design and has co-authored all but one edition of the Cold Fusion Web Application Construction Kit.

Mr. Chalnick's technical expertise and entrepreneurial success fill his speaking venues at technical conferences. He is a founder of the Southern California ColdFusion User Group and has served as its president since 1998. Mr. Chalnick received his MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg (Graduate) School of Management. Please visit: www.advantasolutions.com.

After six years as an independent film makeup artist, Angela C. Buraglia realized she wanted a career that would allow her to start a family and stay home with her husband and child. In an effort to give back to the Macromedia Dreamweaver newsgroup community that helped and encouraged her in her new career, she founded DreamweaverFAQ.com. Although she only intended to be a web developer, life's path has led her to become that and more. In addition to her contribution to this book, Angela is the Lead Technical Editor for the Dreamweaver MX Bible (Wiley Publishing, formerly Hungry Minds) and Contributing Author to Dreamweaver MX Magic (New Riders). Currently, she is also a Team Macromedia volunteer for Dreamweaver. Angela's future plans are to continue developing DreamweaverFAQ.com, to build and sell Dreamweaver extensions, to give presentations at conferences, and perhaps to become involved in new book projects. Long gone are the days of applying makeup; now Angela applies Behaviors and CSS to Web sites—and most importantly—is home with her little boy.

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