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Head First jQuery by Ronan Cranley, Ryan Benedetti

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Ryan Benedetti holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Montana and works as a web developer/multimedia specialist for the University of Portland. He works with jQuery, Flash, ActionScript, Adobe’s Creative Suite, Liferay Portal, Apache’s Jakarta Velocity Templating language, and Drupal.

For seven years, Ryan served as department head for Information Technology and Computer Engineering at Salish Kooteni College. Prior to that, he worked as editor and information systems specialist for a river, stream, and wetland research program in the School of Forestry at the University of Montana.

Ryan’s poems have been published in Cut Bank and Andrei Codrescu’s Exquisite Corpse. He spends his free hours painting, cartooning, playing blues harmonica, and practicing zazen. He spends his best moments with his daughter, his son, and his sweetheart, Shonna, in Portland, Oregon. He also digs hanging out with his animal compadres: Rocky, Munch, Fester, and Taz.

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Ronan Cranley has worked for the University of Portland—going from web developer to senior web developer/systems manager to assistant director of web and admin systems—since moving from Dublin, Ireland, to Portland, Oregon, in 2006.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Dublin Institute of Technology, graduating with honors in 2003. In his college career, and in both his previous position in ESB International in Dublin and his current one for the University of Portland, Ronan has worked on an array of different projects in PHP, VB.NET, C#, and Java. These include, but are not limited to, a client-side GIS system, a homegrown content management system, a calendaring/scheduling system, and a jQuery/Google Maps mashup.

When he’s not designing and building front-end web applications, he also serves as the SQL Server DBA for the university. In his spare time, Ronan spends many hours on the soccer field, on the golf course, hanging out with his wife, Caitlin, and their English bulldog, Bono, and sampling as much of the Pacific Northwest as he can.

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