Shannon Sofield is the personification of a hack: he takes anything that is supposed to do one thing and manipulates it to serve his own purposes, in both his life as a developer and his life in general. If it was originally supposed to do one thing, he probably has it doing something entirely different. Shannon began creating PayPal solutions more than three years ago using his original database-driven PayPal purchase system that integrated with Macromedia Dreamweaver UltraDev. Since then, he has gone on to implement unique fixes for common eCommerce problems using PayPal. He has written several tutorials and articles and has spoken on the topic of using PayPal in new ways. One of the first members of the PayPal Developer Network, he was added to the PayPal Developer Network Advisory Boards on its inception. He also served several terms as a member of Team Macromedia for their web development program Dreamweaver, which he uses in his daily PayPal development. His technical background extends back to the initial Internet boom, when he began picking up simple web design that evolved into web planning and programming using a variety of technologies, languages, and databases. Currently, he manages the PayLoadz Digital Goods eCommerce system that allows merchants to sell digital goods securely with PayPal. One of the first and most successful third-party solutions for PayPal, this system made headlines when it launched Madonna's "American Life" single higher on the Billboard music charts than any previous digital single (and he did it before selling digital music was cool). In addition, he continually contributes to the PayPal Developer Network Message Boards (http://www.paypaldev.org), which his company, Superfreaker Studios, hosts and maintains. When he's not slogging through code at his computer in a caffeinated, sleep-deprived state, Shannon enjoys outdoor activities that fit the time of year. In the summer, he surfs and volunteers for the surfboard manufacturer Wave Riding Vehicles; in the winter, he can be found on the slopes, working on his kicker spins. Year-round, he can be found reliving his BMX days on his 24" GT cruiser. In his undergraduate studies, Shannon majored in Finance and Accounting, while his Masters in Business Administration includes a concentration in Finance. Ctrl-C is his best friend.
Dave Burchell got his start with computers by programming the Radio Shack TRS-80 in BASIC and the Commodore 64 in 6510 assembly. Currently, Dave's favorite programming languages are Perl and XSLT. A fervent proponent of XML, Dave enjoys solving content management problems with markup and open source software. His other interests include American history and Hellenistic philosophy. Dave lives with his wife, Renee, and children, Max, Gus, and Samantha Grace, in Lincoln, Nebraska.