Jacob J. Sanford began his career in, of all things, accounting and auditing. He graduated from Florida State University in 1997 with BS degrees in Accounting and Finance, which made him eligible to sit for the CPA exam. Although he realized in college that his interests lie more in computers and technology, he decided he would give accounting a chance. It didn’t last. He had been dabbling in HTML and VBA when he took a job at a private software company and met co-author David Drinkwine, who introduced him to the wonders of classic ASP. From there, he began learning as much as he could about all kinds of Web application development. This took him down the paths of ColdFusion, PHP, PhotoShop, CSS, XML, and finally ASP.NET (starting with the 1.0 and 1.1 releases). He has been using ASP.NET (VB and C# — but mostly C#) for the last four or five years. He has worked at several State of Florida agencies and in that capacity found a fondness for pure CSS design and accessibility considerations. Most recently, he has started focusing on new technologies and tools such as Microsoft Silverlight and Visual Studio 2008.
Jacob is currently a senior consultant with Captarè Consulting, LLC, and is the founding leader of the Tallahassee SharePoint Experts Exchange for Developers (SPEED). He is also a regular presenter at regional .NET Code Camps and at local .NET User Group meetings and is the author of Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Design (Wrox, 2007).
Jacob has received his Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) certification as a Web Developer (Visual Studio 2005). He plans to upgrade his credentials to Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET 3.6 Framework as the certification exams become available.
Randy Drisgill is an Internet technologist, focused on emerging Web trends such as MOSS 2007 and rich Internet applications. Currently working as a consultant for SharePoint branding and customization, Randy has been helping businesses create innovative Web applications since the late ’90s. Previously, Randy co-owned a Web development consulting company, and before that, he worked for Lockheed Martin on several enterprise-level initiatives. Along with his current interests in Microsoft technologies, Randy’s involvement in both the ColdFusion and ActionScript communities has led to his co-authoring several related books and publications.
Besides blogging about everything from Adobe to LoLCats at www.Drisgill.com, Randy also uses the pseudonym ‘‘The Mossman’’ to blog specifically about MOSS 2007 at theMossman.Blogspot.com. When not thinking about technology, Randy enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, Jackie, and his dog, Frito.
David Drinkwine is currently a Senior Solutions Architect for Captarè Consulting, LLC, a Chicago-based consulting firm specializing in advanced SharePoint implementation and custom .NET application development. He has designed and implemented WSS and MOSS based applications for a variety of clients, including global product manufacturers, state agencies, and telecommunications firms.
David has a decade and a half of software development experience and has been developing Internet-based solutions since the late ’90s. He has been highly focused on designing and implementing SharePoint solutions from the early days of SharePoint Team Services. He has experience in a wide variety of technologies, including MOSS, WSS, various incarnations of C and Visual Basic, MS Office programming and integration, and far more acronym-named technologies than can be good for any one person to know.
David frequently has spoken on design and the use of third-party tools with SharePoint at regional SharePoint user group meetings. He attended Florida State University, where he studied English and Philosophy.
Coskun Cavusoglu is the Director of Consulting Services and the Chief Solution Architect of Captarè Consulting, LLC. Coskun has been architecting and implementing technology solutions for more than 10 years in both large enterprise organizations and fast-growth midmarket firms. He has extensive experience designing, implementing and supporting Internet solutions using Microsoft technologies such as SharePoint, CRM, Project Server, Solomon, BizTalk Server, Windows Server, Active Directory, Exchange, IIS, and ASP .NET 2.0.
Coskun consults on a variety of business process practices. He has a broad range of expertise in areas such as knowledge management, business process analysis, collaboration, project management, office productivity, and application programming. Coskun is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist for SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.