William (Bill) Vaughn, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), is an industry-recognized author, mentor and subject-matter expert on Visual Studio, SQL Server, Reporting Services and data access interfaces. Bill has worked in the computer industry for over 35 years -- working with mainframe, minicomputer and personal computer systems as a developer, manager, architect, trainer, marketer, support specialist, writer and publisher.
In 2000, after 14 years at Microsoft, Bill stepped away to work on his books, mentoring and independent training seminars. He’s written seven editions of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to Visual Basic and SQL Server and three editions of ADO.NET and ADO Examples and Best Practices for Visual Basic (and C#) Programmers. He and Peter Blackburn also wrote the critically acclaimed Hitchhiker’s Guide to SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services.
Bill is a top-rated speaker and frequents conferences all over the world including TechEd, Visual Studio/SQL Connections, DevTeach and many others. He’s also written a wealth of articles for magazines such as MSDN, SQL Server Magazine, Visual Basic Programmer’s Journal, .NET Magazine and many others as well as a regular editorial for Processor magazine.
Bill spends considerable time answering questions on the public newsgroups and speaking at INETA (International .NET Association) user group meetings all over the country and at other speaking venues all over the world. He’s available for consulting, mentoring or custom training. See www.betav.com or www.betav.com/blog/billva for his current schedule and course catalog.