Robin Dewson has been hooked on programming ever since he bought his first computer, a Sinclair ZX80, in 1980. He has been working with SQL Server since version 6.5 and Visual Basic since version 5. Robin is a consultant mainly in the city of London, where he has been for nearly eight years. He also has been developing a rugby-related website as well as maintaining his own site at Fat-Belly.com.
Adam Machanic is an independent database software consultant, writer, and speaker based in Boston. He has implemented SQL Server solutions for a variety of high-availability online transaction processing and large-scale data warehouse applications, and also specializes in .NET data access layer performance optimization. Adam has written for SQL Server Professional and TechNet magazines, serves as the SQL Server 2005 Expert for SearchSQLServer.com, and has contributed to several books on SQL Server, including Pro SQL Server 2005 (Apress, 2005). He regularly speaks at user groups, community events, and conferences on a variety of SQL Server and .NET-related topics. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server and a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP).
When not sitting at the keyboard pounding out code or code-related prose, Adam tries to spend a bit of time with his wife, Kate, and daughter, Aura, both of whom seem to believe that there is more to life than SQL.
Adam blogs at http://www.sqlblog.com, and can be contacted directly at email@example.com.
Jan D. Narkiewicz is chief technical officer of Software Pronto, Inc. His areas of expertise include Microsoft technologies, Oracle, and DB2. Jan also writes books for Apress and serves as academic coordinator for the University of California, Berkeley Extension's .NET/Windows program. His clients include E*TRADE, Visa, eBay, and Oracle.
Tom Rizzo is a director in the SQL Server group at Microsoft. Being an 11-year veteran at Microsoft, Tom has worked on a number of the different Microsoft server technologies such as BizTalk, SharePoint and Exchange Server before joining the SQL Server group. Tom is a published author on topics ranging from SQL Server to developing collaborative applications using Microsoft's collaboration servers.
Joseph Sack is a Principal Consultant with SQLskills. He has worked as a SQL Server professional since 1997 and has supported and developed for SQL Server environments in financial services, IT consulting, manufacturing, retail, and the real estate industry. Prior to joining SQLskills, he worked at Microsoft as a Premier Field Engineer supporting very large enterprise customer environments. He was responsible for providing deep SQL Server advisory services, training, troubleshooting, and ongoing solutions guidance. His areas of expertise include performance tuning, scalability, T-SQL development, and high-availability. In 2006 Joe earned the Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server 2005 certification; and in 2008, he earned the Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server 2008 certification. In 2009 he took over responsibility for the SQL Server Microsoft Certified Master program and held that post until 2011. He is the author of a few books and white papers, including most recently, SQL Server 2008 Transact-SQL Recipes (Apress, 2008). Joe's blog is at www.SQLskills.com/blogs/joe, and he can be reached at joe@SQLskills.com.
Rob Walters is a data platform technology specialist for Microsoft. His extensive experience with Microsoft SQL Server began over 10 years ago when he worked as a consultant for Microsoft Consulting Services in Denver, Colorado. Shortly after the dot-com bubble burst, Walters returned to Microsoft s headquarters and worked as a program manager in the SQL Server product unit. There, he owned various features within SQL Server including SQL Server Agent, various management features, and the security for the database engine. Walters has co-authored three patents for technologies used within SQL Server.
Walters has also co-authored Programming Microsoft SQL Server 2005 by Microsoft Press, and Pro SQL Server 2005, Accelerated SQL Server 2008, and Beginning SQL Server 2008 Database Administration by Apress. He holds a bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University and a master's degree in business administration from Seattle University. When not at work, he is very active in his community as an on-call firefighter.
Julian Skinner has been developing applications for over a decade. He has used a variety of Microsoft development technologies to create applications for both commercial and government entities on the Microsoft .NET platform. During his time as both a software developer and an IT consultant, he has been a part of all aspects of the SDLC, ranging from technical requirements gathering to deployment in large-scale environments. He has designed databases, implemented business logic components, and designed user interfaces for both Windows and web applications.
Louis Davidson has been in the IT industry for more than 15 years as a corporate database developer and architect. He has spent the majority of his career working with Microsoft SQL Server, beginning from the early days of version 1.0. He has a bachelor s degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in computer science, with a minor in mathematics. Louis is the data architect for Compass Technology (Compass.net) in Chesapeake, Virginia, leading database development on their suite of nonprofit oriented CRM products, built on the Microsoft CRM platform and SQL Server technologies.