Kent Sharkey is an MCSD, MCSE, MCT, and MCP+SB. He is currently working at Microsoft, as a Technical Evangelist within their Developer Relations Group, his current assignment being SOAP and Web Services. Before joining Microsoft, Kent had built up many years experience as a trainer and consultant, concentrating on architecting and writing n-tier applications using Visual Basic. He has written and collaborated on a number of books on Visual Basic, including MCSD Fast Track: Visual Basic Exam 70 -17, MCSD Fast Track: Visual Basic Exam 70 -176, MCSD Fast Track 4 in 1, and Beginning Visual Basic 6.0 Application Development. He is a regular speaker at various developer conferences focused on Microsoft development.