Rick Kiessig has been doing software design and development for more than 30 years. He is an independent software consultant who focuses on architecting and building large-scale web sites using .NET and SQL Server. He has worked with and advised companies such as MySpace, Shop.com, Microsoft, and eBay. While at Microsoft, Rick worked as an architect and developer for MSN, and later at the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC). His experience at the MTC included leading frequent architectural design sessions with some of Microsoft's largest customers to help them optimize the architectures of their web sites and other software. Before coming to Microsoft, Rick worked as an independent consultant in Silicon Valley. Projects included developing a large-scale content management system, and architecting systems to deliver web content to millions of interactive TV subscribers. He also developed mission-critical real-time software for spacecraft that have flown to Mars several times, to the moon and to a nearby comet. Rick has been an Internet user and developer since 1974.