Ken Mayer has used dBASE both as a hobbyist and as a professional coder for 24 years, starting with dBASE III+ and working up to dBASE PLUS.
Ken worked for Borland, Intl. for two years as a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer on the Intrabuilder and dBASE products, and also worked for five years for dBASE Inc. as a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer, also working on dBASE. Ken was a contributing editor to dBASE Advisor magazine for the one and a half years or so it was in publication.
He served on Borland’s TeamB (volunteer technical support) when Borland owned dBASE, and has helped many in the dBASE developer community. At this time he is a member of the dBVIPS for dataBased Intelligence, Inc., doing the same things he did with TeamB. He authored a good portion of the Knowledgebase articles that ship with dBASE PLUS, and authored the original dBASE PLUS tutorial. Some of the material in this book will look suspiciously familiar to any who have used the Knowledgebase.
Ken has also been the librarian of a freeware library of code made available to all dBASE developers called the dBASE Users’ Function Library Project (dUFLP). He has been a speaker at Borland and other conferences on dBASE, speaking about coding techniques.
He is pursuing opportunities where they may lie – having spent only a small portion of his time after being laid off actually making any money, although putting a lot of effort into this book.
When not working or trying to find work, Ken is very active in the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (http://www.sca.org), and enjoys movies, games, and reading.
Ken lives in Walnut Creek, CA with his wife Carolyn Eaton and their two cats Rebo and Zootie.