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Specialist subjects: Android programming, .NET programming, web programming, technical frameworks and AI
Mike has been a programmer since before the personal computer revolution, but more importantly has continued to program and to keep his skills completely up to date. His writing career stetches back a long way, beginning with being one of the original consultants and contributors to Personal Computer World. He has authored over 50 books, including the widely acclaimed Foundations of Programming and QBasic: the Language of MS-DOS. If we were to count up his output of published magazine articles it would be a staggering number - so we won’t even try. For around a decade he was the editor of VSJ, during which time he also helped organize the DevWeek Conference. He has a PhD in computer science, an MSc in maths, a BSc in Physics and a keen interest in technology.
Mike continues to be a prolific author. His latest books are part of the I Programmer Library published by I/O Press:
Specialist subjects: artificial intelligence, training and careers, the user experience of computers and applications
Sue has a degree in Social Psychology and had a social research background prior to becoming a technical writer, writing for dozens of magazines including Computer Shopper, PC PRO and VSJ as well as authoring/co-authoring some books including 21 Games for the BBC Micro. She is interested in education and training and in language and communication and has been keen to follow recent developments in Artificial Intelligence. Over recent years she has become a MOOC addict.
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Specialist subjects: Database design and development; office productivity and collaboration software; the user experience of computers and applications
Kay is the team's expert on relational databases, data mining and big data. Kay has a degree in computer science, is the co-author of several programming titles and has contributed to and edited many publications including Computer Shopper, DBMS, Microsoft's TechNet magazine, VSJ and Server Management.
Kay's interest in books is from both sides of the fence. As well as being an avid reader, she is author or co-author of several popular games programming titles from the 1980s - era of the home computing revolution, - including 21 Games for the BBC Micro.
Specialist subjects: Perl, C#, Database application development, Website development, AI
Nikos is has a BSc in Computer Science and a MSc in Interactive Multimedia, both from UK Universities. Although his primary activity is that of a database designer and application developer (using Ingres) he also has knowledge in a wide range of IT topics and gets constantly involved in a variety of projects, such as his CPAN module and open source application.
He is a keen and wide-ranging researcher, relying on his University background, and likes looking at programming concepts from a low (particularly enjoys interoperating with the raw Win32 API from within Perl) and high level view (.NET) as well as from a multi-language perspective, comparing languages and their features. Recent projects include building a website http://www.smadeseek.com/ to assist people making choies are smartphones, tablets and smart waches.
Specialist subjects: IoT, hardware, networks, operating systems, communications
Harry worked as a computer engineer for many years, and made a careful study of the ideas behind the practise. While originally working solely with hardware, he gained much experience with operating systems, including VMS, MVS, Unix, Pick, CP/M, DOS, Windows, OS/2, Windows NT and System 7. He continues to be interested in developments at the forefront of technology and this has led to him being actively involved with the Internet of Things. He is the editor of the IoT Programmer website (www.iot-programmer.com) and well known as the author of The 386/486 PC published by I/O Press. His latest books are:
Specialist subjects: Spreadsheets, statistics
Janet is the author of several very popular books about spreadsheets. A background in maths and statistics made her interest in this area almost inevitable! After many years of working with office tools and accounts packages she has a knowledge of this area of applications software that is almost unrivalled. She has a range of magazine and newspaper articles to her credit not to mention a series of sucessful books on spreadsheets. Her latest book Financial Functions With A Spreadsheet (I/O Press) was published in July 2016.
Specialist subjects: Maths and statistics, cloud computing, Java, Python
After graduating with a degree in maths Alex discovered that computers could handle a good deal of the "grunt work" and let him concentrate on solving problems, something he still enjoys doing.
Specialist subjects: Minority languages, cross-platform development
Lucy enjoys looking for synergy between different approaches and enjoys any opportunity to teach programming skills. She is also a film buff and avid reader of sci fi.
Specialist subjects: CAD/CAM. photography and image editing
David began his career as a professional photographer, but now works mainly as a layout artist, making use of the facilities offered by the personal computer. He is still looking for the ideal drawing and painting tool, so retains his keen interest in the developments being made with these applications. He has written lots of articles on graphics programming for computer magazines including Computer Shopper.
Specialist subjects: SQL Server, .NET, Big Data
Ian Stirk has been working in IT as a developer, designer, and architect since 1987. He holds the following qualifications: M.Sc., MCSD.NET, MCDBA, and SCJP. He’s a freelance consultant working with Microsoft technologies in London England. He is available to help improve the performance of your SQL Servers. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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