About the Author
is president of Novera Consulting Inc (http://www.noveraconsulting.com), a software development and consulting firm specializing in custom application development using Microsoft platforms and technologies. Based in Orange County, California, Novera is focused on providing a variety of solutions to companies spanning multiple industry verticals. Mike has worked in several industries himself, including mortgage lending, healthcare, and various ecommerce ventures as developer, architect, and project manager. Mike coauthored Professional WPF Programming (http://www.wrox.com/WileyCDA/WroxTitle/productCd-0470041803.html) for Wrox and is currently authoring a book on Silverlight 1.1. Mike also writes about .NET, WPF, and Silverlight on his blog (http://codeappeal.blogspot.com) when time allows. When he’s not writing code, Mike is active mountain biking in Southern California and hiking with his four-legged companion, Dakota.