About the Author Carol McCullough-Dieter is database administrator for the Pacific Disaster Center on Maui, Hawaii. This is her fourth book on Oracle. Carol has worked as a systems designer and consultant for 13 years, specializing in Oracle. She designed a series of training courses on SQL programming, tuning SQL applications, and designing Oracle Forms applications. Carol's other books (all published by IDG Books Worldwide) include Oracle8 For Dummies, Oracle7 For Dummies, and Creating Cool Web Databases. Surf the Web to Carol's personal Web site, which wins awards for originality, at: www.maui.net/ mcculc Carol can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. About the contributing authors Ramesh Chandak, graduated with a fellowship in advanced engineering study from MIT and has a total of eight years of work experience in the IT industry. He has worked extensively with Internet, Microsoft, Sybase, Powersoft, and Java technologies. In addition, Ramesh has authored 7 books, tech edited 12 books, and published over 20 technical articles for several leading publishers on client/server, database, multimedia, and Internet technologies. Purshottam Chandak, a Windows application developer and writer, has five years experience in designing and developing client/server and Web applications. Having worked extensively with Microsoft, Powersoft, Oracle, and Internet technologies, he has experience developing corporate applications and products for niche markets. In addition, Purshottam coauthored a book on Microsoft tools and technologies, and published an article on distributed PowerBuilder application development. Jatinder Prem, or Prem, as he likes to be called, is the founder of ObjectMind International, an international database consulting company. He splits his time between writing custom training courses and consulting. He loves to travel and experience the varied cultures of the world, Bora Bora being the next target in his travel diary. Prem can be reached at email@example.com.