Keith Franklin is the president and senior architect of Empowered Software Solutions (ESS) based in Naperville, IL. He is the author of VB.NET For Developers from Sams Publishing, a regular contributor to Visual Basic Programmers Journal and Visual Studio Magazine, and a speaker at VBITS. Keith is the director of the Chicago.NET Users Group and one of the featured architects of www.dot-netrocks.com, which he created with Rocky Lhotka. As an architect for ESS, Keith consults, teaches, and architects solutions for clients building highly scalable Internet, e-Commerce, and Distributed Client/Server applications. Keith and ESS have been building applications for clients with the .NET Framework, ASP.NET, and VB.NET since Beta 1 was released. You can contact Keith via ESS (www.empowered.com) or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Rebecca M. Riordan has almost 20 years of experience in software design and has earned an international reputation as a consultant, systems analyst, and designer of database and work-support systems. Her experience includes leading development projects in the United States, Australia, and Europe, managing the professional services department of one of Australia's largest computer retailers, and serving as a senior technical engineer for Microsoft. Currently living in New Mexico, she is the author of Designing Relational Database Systems, SQL Server 2000 Programming Step by Step, and the upcoming ADO.NET Step by Step.