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Office System, SQL Server, Client App Dev
John L. Viescas
John has been working with database systems for most of his career. He began by designing and building a database application using Indexed Sequential Access Method files (ISAM—a technology known to the ancients) for a magazine and paperback book distributing company in Illinois in 1968. He went on to build large database application systems for El Paso Natural Gas Company in his hometown in the early 1970s. From there, he went to Applied Data Research in Dallas, where he managed the development of database and data dictionary systems for mainframe computers and became involved in the evolution of the SQL database language standard. Before forming his own company in 1993, he helped market and support NonStop SQL for Tandem Computers in California. Somewhere along the way (would you believe 1991?), he got involved in the early testing of a new Microsoft product that was code-named “Cirrus.” The first edition of Running Microsoft Access was published in 1992. Since then, he has written four more editions of Running, co-authored the best-selling SQL Queries for Mere Mortals, is the author of Microsoft Office Access 2003 Inside Out, Microsoft Office Access 2007 Inside Out with Jeff Conrad, and Microsoft Office Access 2010 Inside Out (also with Jeff). A new edition of SQL Queries for Mere Mortals was published in the fall of 2007. Although based in the United States, John lives most of the year in Paris, France.