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About the Authors

Eric Ladd (eric@rockcreekweb.com) is the owner and chief developer for Rock Creek Web Solutions, a Web-based applications development firm in Arlington, Virginia. In addition to his development work, he is a member of the Interactive Multimedia and Web Development faculty at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Eric has worked on nearly a dozen titles for Que, including (with his co-author, Jim O'Donnell) Platinum Edition Using HTML 4, Java 1.1, and JavaScript 1.2, Second Edition, Special Edition Using Microsoft Internet Explorer 4, and Using HTML 4.

Eric earned two degrees in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, where he also taught fun subjects such as differential equations and complex variables for several years.

Outside of work and writing, Eric enjoys hitting the gym, biking, country dancing, and being dragged around the Metro DC area by his Boxer Zack.

Jim O'Donnell was born on October 17, 1963 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (you may forward birthday greetings to jim@odonnell.org). After a number of unproductive years, he went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he spent 11 years earning three degrees, graduating for the third (and final) time in 1992. Currently, he works as an aerospace engineer building satellites in metropolitan Washington, D.C.

Jim has been working as an author and technical editor for Macmillan Computer Publishing for six years, contributing to over 30 books, and lead-authoring (with Eric Ladd) five. When Jim isn't writing or researching for Macmillan, he can often be found on IRC (under the nick of JOD or HockeyJOD); you can also visit The House of JOD at http://www.rip.edu/~odonnj. When he isn't on the computer, Jim likes to run, play ice hockey, read, collect comic books and PEZ dispensers, and play the second-best board game ever, Axis & Allies.

Contributing Author Bios

Michael Morgan (michmor@regent.edu) is founder and president of DSE, Inc., a full-service Web presence provider and software development shop. The DSE team has developed software for such companies as Intelect, Magnavox, DuPont, the American Biorobotics Company and Satellite Systems Corporation, as well as for the government of Iceland and the Royal Saudi Air Force. DSE's Web sites are noted for their effectiveness—one of the company's sites generated sales of more than $100,000 within 30 days of being announced.

During academic year 1989-1990, Mike was invited by retired Navy Admiral Ron Hays to serve as the first Fellow of the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR) in Honolulu. PICHTR is a spin-off of the University of Hawaii and bridges the gap between academic research and industrial applications. Mike directed the first technology transfer initiatives at PICHTR and helped PICHTR win its first industrial contract. Mike assisted Admiral Hayes in presenting PICHTR and its mission to the Hawaii research community, the Hawaii legislature, and Hawaii's representatives to Congress.

Mike is a frequent speaker at seminars on information technology and has taught computer science and software engineering at Chaminade University (the University of Honolulu) and in the graduate program of Hawaii Pacific University. He has given seminars for the IEEE, National Seminars, the University of Hawaii, Purdue University, and Notre Dame.

He holds a Master of Science in Systems Management from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Wheaton College, where he concentrated his studies on computer science. He has taken numerous graduate courses in computer science through the National Technological University. Mike is currently a student in the doctoral program at the Center for Leadership Studies at Regent University, where he is exploring the relationship between software processes and organizational theory.

Mike can usually be found in his office at DSE, drinking Diet Pepsi and writing Java. He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife, Jean, and their six children.

Melissa Niles is a Web programmer and consultant for ITM Services (http://www.itm.com/). Although she specializes in Web/database access, she has worked for companies around the world, building Web- and Internet-based client/server applications. She can be reached at mniles@itm.com.

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