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|To my father, who did his best to teach me common sense.|
|I'd like to dedicate this book to my parents John and Jenny Wandling.|
Somewhere there is a book that is produced by a single author, with no help from anyone else. Webmaster Expert Solutions is not that book. I am obliged to my clients who allowed their sites to be used as examples: GSH Real Estate, First Jefferson Mortgage, and Nikka Galleria. Bette Emmett of Cornerstone Associates, another client, helped track down the Shelley quote that opens Chapter 36, "The Third Dimension: VRML." Twenty years ago Bette and her husband, Don, gave me some of my first lessons in writing, analysis, and critical thinking. My debt to them goes far beyond this book.
I am particularly appreciative of my wife, Jean, my daughter, Sarah, and my colleague, Christopher Kepilino. Jean organized our effort and kept track of the thousands of details without which this book could not have been produced. Sarah reviewed many of the chapters and some of the CD-ROM material. Chris was an indispensable "man Friday." He wrote many of the Perl programs and most of the HTML. He shot the screen shots and organized the code for the CD-ROM. In many ways, this book is as much his as it is mine. Thanks, Chris.
Kraig Larson at White Dog Internet Design designed Bob's Cycle site, which appears in this book. He also served as a patient tester for an early version of the shopping cart system that is described in Chapter 27, "Multipage Shopping Environment." You can find more examples of Kraig's work through his site, http://www.visi.com/whitedog/.
Finally, many thanks to Jim Minatel, Doshia Stewart, Mark Cierzniak, Caroline Roop, and the rest of the editorial staff at Que. These people all worked behind the scenes to bring this book into being. They are a talented and patient crew-it has been my privilege to work with them.
Notwithstanding the contributions of these folks and many others, any errors or omissions in this book are my responsibility.
Thanks to my cohort Michael Morgan, for all the work he did and the effort he made at the eleventh hour. I am in his debt. Thanks to Erin O'Rourke at Free Range Media for turning me onto the book and Andrew Fry to accommodate time off to write. Thanks to my friends at Free Range Media; I think you're all a great group of people. I will miss you.
I could not have gotten this far if it wasn't for the staff at Que: Jim Minatel, Doshia Stewart, Caroline Roop, Mark Cierzniak, Jane Brownlow, Susan Ross Moore, and the rest of the staff. Thank you for giving me the chance. I really cannot say enough good things about those people.
I appreciate all the comments and encouragement from my friends Christina Jost, Mark Sherman, Christopher Macis, Rick Woods, Jeff Payne, Jim Hearne, Bob Hayes, Martin Rood, and Peter Wilson, and the folks at Dealernet for letting me use their equipment.
Michael Morgan is founder and president of DSE, Inc., a full-service Web presence provider and software development shop. The DSE team has developed software for such companies as Intelect, Magnavox, Du Pont, the American Biorobotics Company and Satellite Systems Corporation, as well as for the Government of Iceland and the Royal Saudi Air Force. DSE's Web sites include the prestigious Nikka Galleria, an online art gallery. DSE's sites are noted for their effectiveness-one of the company's sites generated sales of over $100,000 within 30 days of being announced.
Mike is a frequent speaker at seminars on information technology, and has taught computer science and software engineering at Chaminade University (the University of Honolulu) and in the graduate program of Hawaii Pacific University. He has given seminars for the IEEE, National Seminars, the University of Hawaii, Purdue University, and Notre Dame.
The author of over 20 technical papers and presentations on various aspects of information technology, he is the co-developer of the Project Unit Costing Method, which allows project managers to construct justifications for information technology projects based on cost savings and cost avoidance. He is also the inventor of GAELIC, the Gallium Arsenide Experimental Lisp Integrated Circuit, an ultra-high-speed processor optimized for artificial intelligence applications, and the co-inventor of MEND, a Multiple Expert iNtelligent Diagnostics system. Mike is the co-manager of the CGI archives of the HTML Writers Guild, and is a member of the Help Team for Matt Wright's Script Archive. In those capacities, he works with programmers around the world helping set up advanced solutions on the Web.
He holds a Master of Science in Systems Management from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Wheaton College, where he concentrated his studies on computer science. He has also taken numerous graduate courses in computer science through the National Technological University. Mike is a member of the IEEE Computer Society.
Mike can usually be found in his office at DSE, drinking Diet Pepsi, and writing Perl and C++. He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife, Jean, and their six children.
Jeff Wandling fell into the Web by accident. He started out calmly with a computer science degree but then got hooked on the Internet by way of some Xerox'd SunOS manuals, a cheap Sun 3/50, and a bearded UNIX mentor named "Bob" (and keys to labs, MUDs, and UseNet).
Since then he has skipped a lot of classes but finally graduated. He has lived on the foothills of Mount Baker, and on the shores of Puget Sound. He worked for a while at SPRY and then at Free Range Media designing some pretty cool stuff on the Web (way back when imagemaps were hot).
He wishes he could call himself a Perl guru. It's still his favorite thing in life.
perl -e 'print"eat, sleep, hack perl\n";'
Lately, Jeff has been wandering aimlessly on this binary blacktop we call the info highway. He consults under the trade-name "Spin-Off" and is hoping to finally get his own dedicated net connection this summer. Jeff is currently writing his next book, a novel based on a true story about love and betrayal on the Internet.
Jeff can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rich Casselberry is the network manager for Current Technology in Durham, New Hampshire (http://www.curtech.com/). He lives in southern Maine with his fiancée Kandi, two cats (Mitz and Zeb), and a miniature dachshund (Prince).
Prior to working at Current Technology, Rich was a UNIX system specialist for Cabletron Systems for four and a half years. It was there that he first learned about the Internet and networking. Rich graduated from New Hampshire Technical College in 1992 with an associate's degree in Computer Engineering Technology.
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