Mauricio Duran is the vice president of nearshore development of the Venice Consulting Group, a consulting firm specializing in time-sensitive and mission-critical system development. He is president of Sieena Software, a software development company that implements solutions using state-of-the-art technology. He is also a software architect specializing in Microsoft technologies with more than eight years of experience in software development. He has worked as a consultant for companies such as General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Merrill Lynch, and Boeing. Mauricio holds a bachelor of science degree in computer systems from the Instituto Tecnol gico de Monterrey, Mexico.
Jeffrey Hasan is the president of Bluestone Partners, Inc., a software development and consulting company based in Orange County, California. His company provides architectural design and software development services to businesses that implement advanced Microsoft technologies. Jeff is an experienced architect and .NET developer, and is the coauthor of several books and articles on .NET technology, including Performance Tuning and Optimizing ASP.NET Applications (Apress, 2003). Jeff has a master's degree from Duke University and is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD). When he is not working, Jeff likes to play guitar, mountain bike, and travel to far-flung corners of the world. His travels have taken him from southern Spain to Monterrey, Mexico, and on to Quebec, with a few stops in between.