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As a professional consultant, trainer, and writer, Julian Templeman has been involved in using, teaching, and writing about COM for five years. He's taught COM courses to hundreds of students throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, and as a result he knows how to explain complex COM issues to programmers. As a consultant, he's advised large and small companies on COM technology, and he has a firm grasp of the practicalities involved in the everyday use of COM in Windows-based software development.
Julian has also been sole or joint author of 10 programming books, so he has expertise in explaining programming topics in writing. Two of these books concerned COM: the first was the only detailed book on using COM with the Microsoft MFC library, and the second was the best-selling Beginning ATL COM Programming from Wrox Press. Julian's most recent book, published through Microsoft Press, is Microsoft Visual C++ .NET Step by Step.
On the .NET side, Julian has been using .NET since the first alpha version was handed out at the Denver Professional Developers' Conference in 1998. At the time of writing (April 2002), he has contributed to three .NET books on the market, and he has an in-depth knowledge of the .NET technologies at both overview and detailed levels. In addition, he has recently coauthored Microsoft Official Curriculum course 2558 on writing .NET code using Visual C++ .NET. Julian is also currently running .NET programming courses and doing a small (but increasing) amount of .NET consultancy work.