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Scott McLean started programming computers on an Atari 400. After mastering Atari BASIC, he taught himself 6502 assembler. A few years later, he enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served six years as a Navy “Nuke” on a fast-attack submarine. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy, Scott went back to school and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at the University of Georgia. Now a software engineer at XcelleNet, Inc., he focuses on enterprise server application architecture and distributed systems development. He’s developed a variety of applications using multithreading, sockets, I/O completion ports, COM, ATL, and .NET. His other publications include an article on .NET Remoting for .NET Magazine Online, and he’s a coauthor of Visual C++.NET: A Primer for .NET Developers, by WROX Press, Ltd. Scott is a cofounder of and contributer to www.thinkdotnet.com, an online resource for .NET developers.
James Naftel graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. After graduating, James was hired by XcelleNet, Inc., where he is now a lead software engineer. He’s worked in such diverse application domains as enterprise database application development and distributed systems, and he now leads a team developing database synchronization technology. He resides in the Atlanta, Georgia, area with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs. A cofounder of and contributer to www.thinkdotnet.com, to which he has contributed many articles, James has also written about Microsoft Visual Studio addins for Windows Developer Journal. His true passion is tinkering with programming languages, especially C++ and C#.
Kim Williams began his professional life by earning a music degree and playing jazz piano. A few years later, he turned his computer programming hobby into a career by returning to school for a Computer Science degree. After school he landed his dream job writing antivirus software and disassembling viruses. While working with viruses, he also developed distributed enterprise security applications. Since joining XcelleNet, Inc., Kim has worked with a variety of technologies, such as Java RMI, DCOM, ATL, and ASP, as a lead software engineer. Currently, he leads a team developing a large-scale ASP.NET Web Services solution. Kim is also a cofounder of and contributor to www.thinkdotnet.com. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Patty, and son, Sean, and still manages to find time to play the piano.