2006 by Sas Jacobs
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About the Author
Sas Jacobs is a web developer who loves working with Flash. She set up her business, Anything Is Possible, in 1994, working in the areas of web development, IT training, and technical writing. The business works with large and small clients building web applications with ASP.NET, Flash, XML, and databases.
Sas has spoken at such conferences as Flash Forward, MXDU, and FlashKit on topics relating to XML and dynamic content in Flash.
In her spare time, Sas is passionate about traveling, photography, running, and enjoying life. One of her most fervent wishes is that Flash will take over the Web!
About the Technical Reviewer
Kevin Ruse (San Jose, California) is an enthusiastic instructor who has taught at the University of California Extension Program in Cupertino, as well as DeAnza Community College. He currently provides training to Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States. He has over 20 years of experience in the graphic design and production industry, from concept to finished product. Kevin is the author of XML for Web Designers Using Macromedia Studio MX 2004 (Charles River Media, 2004) and Web Standards Design Guide (Charles River Media, 2005).
About the Cover Image
Corn van Dooren designed the front cover image for this book. Having been given a brief by friends of ED to create a new design for the Foundation series, he was inspired to create this new setup combining technology and organic forms.
With a colorful background as an avid cartoonist, Corn discovered the infinite world of multimedia at the age of 17a journey of discovery that hasnt stopped since. His mantra has always been The only limit to multimedia is the imagination , a mantra that is keeping him moving forward constantly.
After enjoying success after success over the past yearsworking for many international clients, as well as featuring in multimedia magazines, testing software, and working on many other friends of ED booksCorn decided it was time to take another step in his career by launching his own company, Project 79 , in March 2005.
You can see more of Corn's work and contact him through www.cornevandooren.com or www.project79.com.
If you like his work, be sure to check out his chapter in New Masters of Photoshop: Volume 2 , also by friends of ED (ISBN 1590593154).
I just want to say a big thank you to the people who helped in putting together this book. First, thanks to Chris Mills at friends of ED for his guidance and humor. Id also like to thank Kevin Ruse for some great suggestions during his technical reviews. Thank you to my copy editor, Liz Welch, for her accuracy and amazing knowledge of the English language. Finally, thanks to Pat Christenson, who oversaw the whole project and made things very easy for me as a first-time authorjust dont mention Chapter 4 to her!