Shane Conder has extensive development experience and has focused his attention on mobile and embedded development for the past decade. He has designed and developed many commercial applications for BREW, J2ME, Palm,Windows Mobile, and Android. Shane has written extensively about the mobile industry and evaluated mobile development platforms on his tech blogs and is well known within the blogosphere. Shane received a B.S. degree in computer science from the University of California. A self-admitted gadget freak, Shane always has the latest phone or laptop. He can often be found fiddling with the latest new technologies, such as Amazon Web Services, Android, iPhone, Google App Engine, and other shiny, new technologies that activate the creative part of his brain. He also enjoys traveling the world with his geeky wife, even if she did make him dive with 4-meter-long great white sharks, and he almost got eaten by a lion in Kenya. He admits that it was his fault they got attacked by monkeys in Japan and that perhaps he should have written his own bio. (Author’s note:Wait, what?!)
Lauren Darcey is responsible for the technical leadership and direction of a small software company specializing in mobile technologies–Android being the most exciting and promising for the future.With almost two decades of experience in professional software production, Lauren is a recognized authority in enterprise architecture and the development of commercial-grade mobile applications. Lauren received a B.S. degree in computer science from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Lauren spends her copious free time traveling the world with her geeky mobileminded husband and is an avid nature photographer. Her work has been published in books and newspapers around the world. In South Africa, she dove with 4-meter-long great white sharks and got stuck between a herd of rampaging hippopotami and an irritated bull elephant. She’s been attacked by monkeys in Japan, gotten stuck in a ravine with two hungry lions in Kenya, gotten thirsty in Egypt, narrowly avoided a coup d’état in Thailand, and walked part of the Great Wall of China, where she took the photograph that graces the cover of this book.