Contributors

The following people contributed their writing, code, and inspiration to PayPal Hacks:

  • Paulam Baldwin is a PayPal Developer Technical Support Agent. She started at PayPal in July 2003. Paulam holds a B.S. in Computer Science. She got her start with computers by creating an intranet workflow module, written in JavaScript and server-side JavaScript, for students reapplying to the Central University of Venezuela. Paulam enjoys origami and learning about the world's cultures. She believes that making people happy is the best way to live life.

  • Loyal Bassett is one of the many content programmers in the PayPal Fraud Engineering group. He has been diligently working at PayPal for over two years. He enjoys cycling and his friendly cat, Mr. Kitty.

  • Michael Blanton is a Technical Integrations Manager for PayPal, where he has helped integrate PayPal into such sites as B&H Photo/Video (http://www.bhphotovideo.com) and NewEgg.com (http://www.newegg.com). Prior to joining PayPal, Michael was an Architect/Developer for CyberSource Professional Services. At PayPal, Michael not only helps integrate the PayPal Payment Solution into their largest merchants, but he also helps develop new product ideas that work for enterprise-class customers. At home, he focuses all of his efforts on his wife, son, and his son's LEGO.

  • Patrick Breitenbach, a Bay Area native, spent over four years as a UCSB Gaucho and over six years at American Express in New York before returning to San Francisco five years ago to work at X.com (now known as PayPal). Patrick is a manager of the PayPal Developer Network (http://www.paypal.com/pdn). He enjoys mountain biking, magazines, gadgets, and all things Apple.

  • May Chen is a Product Manager within the Consumer Protections Product team. May has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Prior to PayPal, May worked for a financial services company and also for an online payment processing company. At PayPal, May previously was a part of the Customer Service and Operations Product Team, primarily focusing on internal customer service tools for PayPal's contact centers. Now on the Consumer Protections team, May focuses on products to improve dispute resolution processes.

  • Rob Conery is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and Solutions Developer who has been using Microsoft technologies for the last 14 years, architecting and building enterprise applications for Fortune 500 companies such as SBC, KLA-Tencor, and WekeRoad. Rob has been described by his clients as both innovative and color-blind; one client likened his skill set to that of a homeless person's shopping cart, which he is still trying to understand. Prior to spinning the twirly on his nerd hat, Rob pretended to be a geologist while hogging VAX time in the computer lab at his alma mater, UC Santa Barbara. It is believed that his final for his Pascal class is still compiling.

  • Souvik Das has a Master's degree in Computer Science. He started his engineering career in a company doing research on security policies. He has worked in various engineering positions at Netscape, AOL, and PayPal. His interests lie in building highly scalable, available, and reliable Internet applications. Outside of work, he loves to spend time with his son and listen to Hindustani classical music.

  • Glenn Ellingson is a bold, strapping young man who spends a disturbing amount of time playing with cars. To fund this rather unfortunate habit, he also plays with computers. He has contributed to financial applications in Vermont, multiplayer gaming in Massachusetts, document management software in Illinois, telephony in Florida, and now online payments in California. He reports mixed feelings that Googling his name reveals he has "killed billions of sentient beings and should be treated with utmost caution."

  • Gina Han is a product manager at PayPal, specializing in consumer protections programs for buyers and sellers. This involves online dispute resolution to help the community resolve issues around merchandise transactions. Gina has a long history of helping people, developing an e-mentoring program for science students, giving teens a way to shop online (okay, maybe this wasn't exactly altruistic), and building software that enabled people to trace their family trees. Her hobbies do not include karaoke, taxidermy, or participating in hotdog-eating contests.

  • Stephen Ivaskevicius is the PayPal Developer Technical Support Supervisor who started at PayPal in January of 2001 and currently supports PayPal Web Services. Stephen has contributed to the enhancements of many PayPal features over the years. He has a strong inclination for eating cheeseburgers in paradise, searching for lost shakers of salt on his motorcycle, and shouting "Fins up!" at the top of his lungs.

  • David A. Karp just likes to see his name in print. In addition to being the editor for this book, David is the author of eBay Hacks, the upcoming eBay PowerSeller: The Missing Manual, and the best-selling Windows Annoyances series (the latest installment of which is Windows XP Annoyances). His books are currently available in ten different languages, and his online help site, Annoyances.org, is one of the most popular of its kind. He has also written for a number of magazines?including PC Magazine, Windows Sources Magazine, Windows Pro Magazine, and New Media Magazine?and he is a contributing editor for ZTrack Magazine. Noted recognition includes PC Computing magazine, Windows Magazine, the San Francisco Examiner, and The New York Times. He uses PayPal as a means to acquire more junk on eBay.

  • Sarah Livnat is a PayPal Product Manager who has worked with Limited Account Access and many of PayPal's compliance and risk products. Prior to joining PayPal, Sarah was a Product Manager at Chemdex/Ventro, a B2B marketplace application service provider. Sarah is an avid world traveler, just having returned from a year-long expedition to Southern Africa, Nepal, Southeast Asia, and the Oceana.

  • Joseph Lowery's books on the Web and web-building tools are international bestsellers, having sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide in nine different languages. He is the author of the Dreamweaver Bible and the Fireworks Bible series (both from Wiley Publishing), and he coauthored Dreamweaver MX 2004 Web Application Recipes (New Rider Publishing) with Eric Ott, president of WebAssist (http://www.webassist.com). WebAssist is the leading provider of extensions (software add-ons) for the Macromedia platform. WebAssist hosts a self-service developer community with over 100,000 members registered. WebAssist's partners include Macromedia, PayPal, Affinity, Yahoo!, and Google.

  • Dave Lundvall is a Senior Sales Consultant for Oracle, specializing in Oracle's Application Server 10g. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University at Buffalo. Dave began programming soon after his family purchased a Commodore 64 in the mid `80s. Now Dave has experience building everything from mobile phone applications to enterprise portals. Before Dave moved into the J2EE world, he was even once a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD). A couple of Dave's interests outside of software are competing in triathlons and volunteering for Team in Training, which raises funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Dave can be reached at davidlundvall@yahoo.com.

  • Dave McClure is Director of the PayPal Developer Network (http://www.paypal.com/pdn), and also a current geek and former entrepreneur (http://www.500hats.com). His interests and hobbies include finance and economics, entrepreneurship and venture capital, jazz and baroque music, politics and business, numerous sports and games, ultimate Frisbee, cartoons and animation, and an ever-growing collection of funny-looking hats. Dave is a huge fan of Dr. Seuss, The Economist, and the Muppets, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Saya, a talented jazz pianist and composer (http://www.saya.com).

  • Jeffrey McManus is a Senior Manager of Developer Relations at eBay and has over 15 years of experience as a developer, technology manager and technical writer. He is proficient in many development technologies and has written six books, including the C# Developer's Guide to ASP.NET, XML, and ADO.NET and the VB.NET Developer's Guide to ASP.NET, XML and ADO.NET (both from Addison-Wesley). In his spare time, Jeffrey enjoys helping high school kids build robots for competitions.

  • Evan McPhillips is a Product Integration Specialist for PayPal and has worked with PayPal for almost two years. He started in Member Services, then moved to Resolution Services as a Customer Service Representative, then moved to Protection Services as a Seller Protection Agent, and has been in his current position for the last couple of months. He has over 10 years in the customer service industry. Evan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and is an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy novels and an Everquest junkie.

  • Hugo Olliphant is a PayPal Product Manager who has worked with eBay Gift Certificates, Merchant-Initiated Payment, and many of PayPal's reporting tools. Prior to joining PayPal, Hugo was the CEO of gMoney Corp, a company that provides financial management solutions for groups involving roommates, ski houses, car pools, and the like. Hugo has a penchant for polar exploration literature and dinosaur origami.

  • Patrick O'Neal is a PayPal Technical Support Senior Agent who has worked primarily with supporting PayPal's Merchant Features (e.g., web site payment buttons, IPN, and PDT). Before working at PayPal, Patrick was a Customer Service Analyst with Ameritrade. Patrick holds an Associate's degree in Computer Network Systems and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with an emphasis on Web Programming. In his free time, Patrick enjoys writing and producing hip-hop music and learning new programming languages.

  • Ray Tanaka is the Technical Architect for the PayPal Sandbox and Web Services APIs. Prior to joining PayPal, Ray was with SkyGo, Inc. (now known as Enpocket), working on wireless marketing solutions. His hobbies include sleeping, foosball, racquetball, and spending time with his girlfriend.

  • Alan Tien is a PayPal Global Product Manager. His primary claim to fame is releasing PayPal's Web Services. Prior to PayPal, Alan was a Senior Product Manager at the ASP aggregator Jamcracker, a $140M dot com flameout. Before the Internet era, Alan was a consultant at WESTT and Accenture (then known as Andersen Consulting). He graduated from Stanford with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering but carefully avoided any career that would actually use his education.

  • Katherine Woo is a Director of Product Management at PayPal, where she manages the Merchant Features Product Team. Her prior experience includes product management at Netscape (AOL), strategy consulting at Mercer Management Consulting, and an MBA from Stanford. She dreams one day of making a line of greeting cards or designing wine labels.

  • Mike Yeung, a Development Architect, is responsible for providing technical leadership and project management for major integration projects at Grand Central. Mike has over 12 years of experience in software development and technical management. He has previously worked at companies such as Chinadotcom, Netscape, and Oracle in various technical and management positions. Mike holds a Master of Science degree from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree from UC, Berkeley, both in Computer Science.