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FileMaker Pro 10: The Missing Manual by Geoff Coffey, Susan Prosser

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The Missing Credits

About the Authors

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Susan Prosser (co-author) is a Southern farm girl who grew up far from the nearest small town, so she’s as surprised as anyone to have developed a knack for creating software. But as she’s a serial obsessive, moving from one interesting skill to another, it makes weird and satisfying sense. Despite being adept using her hands, she leaves the maintenance of her five bicycles to her husband and wrench, Paul, who gallantly changes flat tires at the side of the road (mostly) without complaint.

She’s certified in three versions of FileMaker, has presented at FileMaker’s Developer Conference, and has been a trainer slash curriculum developer for over 15 years. Susan is the president and head developer at DBHQ (www.dbhq.net), which builds custom software for business, medical, education, and entertainment clients. Send email to to talk about FileMaker or share fond memories of Gang of Four, XTC, and Shriekback.

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Geoff Coffey (co-author) is co-owner of Six Fried Rice (http://sixfriedrice.com/), where he writes about, teaches, and builds software with FileMaker Pro. With Susan Prosser, he’s co-authored all four editions of FileMaker Pro: The Missing Manual. On the technical side, Geoff is a FileMaker Pro expert, and puts his skills to regular use building custom software for customers. He also specializes in Web application development, and built his first database-connected dynamic Web site in 1994 using FileMaker Pro and AppleScript. Since then, Geoff has created production Web systems in just about everything out there from Perl CGI to Cold Fusion to JEE, but his current favorite for small-to-mid-size sites is Ruby on Rails.

Although Geoff has an MBA from Arizona State University and a degree in Computer Science from Northern Arizona University, FileMaker Pro is his first true love. This fact is disputed by his wife of 15 years, with whom he has two practically perfect children, Isabel (10) and Sophia (7). You can find Geoff online at http://sixfriedrice.com/ or email him at .

About the Creative Team

Nan Barber (editor) is associate editor for the Missing Manual series. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and G4 Macintosh. Email: .

Nellie McKesson (production editor) lives in Jamaica Plain, Mass., where she makes t-shirts (http://mattsaundersbynellie.etsy.com) and plays music with her band Dr. & Mrs. Van Der Trampp (http://myspace.com/drmrsvandertrampp). Email: .

Sohaila Abdulali (copy editor) has published a novel, several children’s books, and many short fiction and non-fiction pieces. She is Director of Communications for AIDS-Free World, and she teaches South Asian Cultures at New York University. She lives in New York, and can be reached through her Web site at www.sohailaink.com.

Karen Shaner (technical reviewer) is an editorial assistant for O’Reilly Media. She’s a grad student at Emerson College in Boston pursuing a MA in Publishing and Writing. In the little free time she has, Karen goes dancing (especially contra and West African), spends time with friends, sings with a Praise Band, and tries to experience all that Boston has to offer.

Jammie Turner (technical reviewer) is a resident of Columbia, SC. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degree from the University of South Carolina. She has worked for the University of South Carolina for 10 years. She currently works for the USC School of Music as an Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator and relies solely on File Maker Pro to run her student and financial databases.

Julie Grady (indexer) has been a professional indexer for the past 10 years. She has a degree in English Literature from Boston University. She lives with her husband and three children in Sarasota, Florida.

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