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Flash 8: The Missing Manual by E. A. Vander Veer

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The Missing Credits

About the Author

E. A. Vander Veer started out in the software trenches, lexing and yaccing and writing shell scripts with the best of them. She remained busy and happy for years writing C++ programs and wresting data from recalcitrant databases until reaching the proverbial fork in the road, when she chose the dark path—marketing. After a stint as an Object Technology Evangelist (yes, that’s an actual job title), she found a way to unite all of her passions: writing about cool computer stuff in prose any human being can understand. Books followed—over a dozen so far—including JavaScript For Dummies, XML Blueprints, and the fine tome you’re holding right now. Her articles appear in online and print publications including Byte, CNET, Salon.com, WEBTechniques, CNN.com (and a bunch you’ve never heard of). She lives in Minnesota with her husband and daughter. Email: .

About the Creative Team

Nan Barber (editor) has worked with the Missing Manual series since its inception—long enough to remember booting up her computer from a floppy disk. Email: .

Michele Filshie (editor) is assistant editor for the Missing Manual series and editor of four of O’Reilly’s Personal Trainer books. Email: .

Sohaila Abdulali (copy editor) is a freelance writer and editor. She has published a novel, several children’s books, and numerous short stories and articles. She’s currently finishing an ethnography of an aboriginal Indian woman. Sohaila lives in New York City with her husband Tom and their small but larger-than-life daughter, Samara. Web: www.sohailaink.com.

Greg Dickerson (tech reviewer) is a systems administrator at O’Reilly. During his time at O’Reilly, he has helped tech review several titles and was the QA lead for O’Reilly’s Deluxe CD Bookshelf’s product line.

Michael Hurwicz (technical reviewer) is a writer, animator, musician, and trainer who has written two books and a number of articles on Macromedia Flash and Studio. Web: http://www.hurwicz.com.

Michael D. Murie (technical reviewer) is a multimedia consultant and developer based in Boston.

Rose Cassano (cover illustration) has worked as an independent designer and illustrator for over 20 years, working for both corporate and nonprofit clientele. She lives in southern Oregon, grateful for the technology that makes working there a reality. Email: . Web: www.rosecassano.com.

Acknowledgements

My name may be on the cover, but the fact is, this book wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the tireless army of editors, technical editors, copy editors, production folks, and other O’Reilly professionals who shepherded it from manuscript to finished product. An especially heartfelt shout out to Sarah Milstein, who took a chance; Nan Barber, who made my life easier (while making this book ever so much better); and Michaels Hurwicz and Murie, whose eagle eyes straightened the bent, buffed the cloudy, and trimmed the fat. Quality is second nature to this team—and in this day and age, that’s saying something.

—E. A. Vander Veer

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