The Author
  Vikram Vaswani is the founder and CEO of Melonfire, a company specializing in software consultancy, and content creation/syndication services. He is also a passionate proponent of the open-source movement, an active contributor to the PHP community, and the author of numerous well-received articles on open-source Web technologies.

When not plotting to rule the world from a heavily-guarded conference room at Melonfire HQ, Vikram amuses himself by reading, sleeping, watching movies, playing squash, and fiddling with his PalmPilot.

The Technical Reviewers
  Zak Greant is lead developer for 51 Degrees North, and is the founder of the Foo & Associates programmerís cooperative. He leads the PHP Quality Assurance Team, and is an active contributor to the PHP documentation, mailing lists, and source code.

Mark Nenadov is a bright, young software developer living in Canada (he does not reside in an igloo or speak French, however). Mark specializes in Open Source technology, and has lots of experience with technologies such as PHP, XML, MySQL, and Python. He is currently employed at a growing e-commerce company in Windsor, Ontario.When he isnít hunched over his keyboard, he is usually trying to learn new things, playing ice hockey, writing, reading books, and wishing it were a bit warmer in Canada.

The Publisher
  New Riders books provide a forum for the leading Voices That Matter(tm) across the design landscape of web, print, and rich media, as well as web development and server technologies. Our combined Voices share unique visions, expertise, and inspiration with our core communities.

New Riders is an imprint of Pearson Technology Group, the world's largest provider of consumer and professional computer, information technology, engineering and reference content. Pearson Technology Group is a business unit within Pearson Education. Pearson Education is the global, educational, publishing business of international media company, Pearson plc., and the global leader in online learning with nearly 2,000 textbook companion Web sites, the InformIT website for technology professionals, and the Learning Network, the award winning online resource for parents, teachers and children.


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