In his day job, John Connell is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer with Financial Federal Bank in Chicago, a 100 percent Microsoft tools and operating system company. John and his team develop applications with Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0, Visual InterDev® 6.0, Visual C++® 6.0, BackOffice®, MTS, MSMQ, Site Server—Commerce Edition, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0, and Microsoft SQL Server™ 7.0. He has an M.B.A. from Loyola University and a Master's in Computer Science from DePaul University in Chicago. John also currently teaches evening and weekend graduate-level programming classes at DePaul University. He wrote Coding Techniques for Microsoft Visual Basic .NET (Microsoft Press, 2001).