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Ben Forta is Allaire Corporation's product evangelist for the ColdFusion product line. Ben has over 15 years of experience in the computer industry, and spent 6 years as part of the development team responsible for creating OnTime, one of the most successful calendar and group-scheduling products, with over one million users worldwide. Ben is the author of the popular ColdFusion Web Application Construction Kit (now in its third edition), and the more recent Advanced ColdFusion 4 Application Development Kit (both published by Que). He coauthored the official Allaire ColdFusion training courses, writes a regular column on ColdFusion development, and now spends a considerable amount of time lecturing and speaking on ColdFusion and Internet application development worldwide. Born in London, England, and educated in London, New York, and Los Angeles, Ben now lives in Oak Park, Michigan, with his wife, Marcy, and their four children. Ben welcomes your email at ben@forta.com, and invites you to visit his own ColdFusion Web site at http://www.forta.com/cf.

Nate Weiss is the technical director at International Commerce Exchange Systems (ICES), a direct-marketing service for buyers and sellers. Nate used ColdFusion to design the Web, fax, and email services at the core of the company's suite of services, as well as the back-end system that serves as the the company's worldwide account management, data-entry, and reporting mechanism. Visit the ICES Web site at http://www.icesinc.com, or Nate's own Web site at http://www.nateweiss.com. Nate can be reached via email at eponymous@nateweiss.com.

Michael Dinowitz is head of House of Fusion, a consulting firm specializing in ColdFusion-, dynamic-, and database-driven applications. His work focuses on merging ColdFusion with other technologies/languages and using them to their maximum potential. He has been with ColdFusion almost since its start and hosts the New York ColdFusion User Group. Michael has worked on sites ranging from the Publisher's Clearing House commerce engine to the Individual Investor financial site, with many other works in between. Many of his CFX tags, modules, and applications are available to help ColdFusion programmers everywhere. As a collector of information, he hosts a site at http://www.houseoffusion.com with lots of ColdFusion-related information.

Ashley King is a software engineer at Allaire Corporation and is the founder and former president of Aspx Interactive Media (CreatieAspect, Inc.), where he developed the MrPost! Web Messaging Server for ColdFusion. Ashley began his fateful foray into the programming world 13 years ago when he developed games and graphics software for Timex Sinclair 1000 and Commodore VIC-20 computers. He continued his programming career at BDM Corporation and as a contractor. Ashley later worked as a graphic artist, radio DJ, and touring musician, releasing a CD and founding one of the first Web-based music stores with his consulting company. Ashley now lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, after wandering from his native Albuquerque, New Mexico. When he's not too far behind schedule, Ashley formulates theories on paranormal experiences and writes music. He can be reached via email on the Internet at ashley@aspx.com or via the World Wide Web at http://www.trey.com.

Lieutenant Colonel David Crawford, CAP, is the Chief of Information Systems for National Headquarters, Civil Air Patrol, Maxwell AFB, Alabama (http://www.cap.af.mil), where he manages the day-to-day operations of a seven-person staff that provides computer support to the headquarters and 55,000 civilian volunteers of the United States Air Force Auxiliary. He holds an Associate of Arts degree in computer programming and a Bachelor of Arts in computer programming information systems from Northwest Nazarene College, is an Army Reserve officer, a long-time Civil Air Patrol member, and is active in amateur radio (KF4EQM).

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