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About the Author - Pg. CVR4

About the Author Fergal Dearle is a seasoned software development professional with 23 years of experience in software product development across a wide variety of technologies. He is currently the principal consultant with his own software development consulting company, Dearle Technologies Ltd., engaged in design, development, and architecture for new software products for client companies. In the past, Fergal has worked in lead architect and developer roles for Candle Corporation on the OMEGAMON product, which is now part of IBM's Tivoli product suite, and as development manager for the Unix implementations of Lotus 1-2-3. In the early 1990s, Fergal led the team at Glockenspiel that developed CommonView, the frst object-oriented UI framework for Microsoft Windows. The team was awarded one of the frst ever Jolt Productivity Awards by Dr Dobbs Journal. I would like to thank the team at Packt for their patience and forbearance during the writing of this book. With special thanks to Doug, Rajashree, Rakesh, and Shubhanjan for keeping me on the straight and narrow. I would also like to thank David Petherick, "The Digital Biographer" for introducing me to the wonders of cask strength malt Scotch whiskey and for his words of wisdom and encouragement both of which gave me the courage to take on this project in the frst place. Finally, but by no means least, I want to thank my girls Caroline, Eabha, Nessa, and Sadhbh who put up with my long absences during the writing, without whose love and tolerance I would never have completed this book.