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About Mike Prestwood:

Mike Prestwood is a drummer, an author, and creator of the PrestwoodBoards online community. He is the President & CEO of Prestwood IT Solutions. Prestwood IT provides Coding, Website, and Computer Tech services. Mike has authored 6 computer books and over 1,200 articles. As a drummer, he maintains and has authored 3 drum books. If you have a project you wish to discuss with Mike, you can send him a private message through his PrestwoodBoards home page or call him 9AM to 4PM PST at 916-726-5675 x205.

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I code all the features of PrestwoodBoards. Most of the code is in ASP classic to MS SQL 2008 database running on a dedicated server. We do have a number of features for synchronizing data using Delphi 2009 and ASP.Net (both C# and VB.Net). Although I prefer OO languages, I do enjoy coding in legacy languages such as ASP classic and ObjectPAL. After all, good code, is good code.

I also post content here. I'm particularly proud of my To/From Code Guides (14 languages cross referenced and linked to our tech articles, study tests, and message board posts). I invite you to participate too. In particular, I want you to participate in discussion in our message boards and post your original content to our knowledge base. You can also post replies/comments to most of our online content. Your participation is surfaced through your PrestwoodBoards home page. My goal is to keep PrestwoodBoards running and your home page live long after you retire.

If you wish to promote your website, business, service, or products, fill out your Prestwood profile completely to take advantage of our back links to your web presence. To keep the back links live, all you have to do is subscribe to our free Monthly eMag or visit once a quarter. You web presence can include your business and personal websites, and social networks such as FaceBook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, and UTube.

If you have any feature requests or ideas, please contact me. I'm also available to chat pretty much any time Mon-Fri 9 to 4 PST, call 916-726-5675.

Mike Prestwood
Prestwood IT Solutions

'Prestwood IT' Company Profile

Located near Sacramento, CA in Citrus Heights, Prestwood IT Solutions offers full service I.T. solutions including coding, web services, and computer support.

  • Coding - We specialize in projects from $10k to $500k.
  • Web Services - Design, development, and SEO.
  • Computer Support - Focusing on businesses with 3+ computers.

As Prestwood IT Solutions' President & CEO Mike Prestwood works with the company's development teams to turn great ideas into innovative software and services. As an author, Mike's goal is to publish one article a quarter and one book every few years.

More Info on Mike

A partial listing of my writing.

Mike's Drum Method Books
Mike Prestwood is also an accomplished drummer and has published a 3 book series on playing drums and has several other books under development.

Drum Website
Mike's drum website features free online drum content such as lessons, demos, and exercises.


Books Authored

The following books were authored by Mike Prestwood.

Paradox 9 Power Programming: The Official Guide

ISBN: 0-07-211936-5
Mike Prestwood is particularly proud of this book because it is included in the Paradox 9 software box (Developer's Edition). This book is endorsed by Corel and contains a forward by Dr. Michael C.J. Cowpland, CEO Corel Corporation. In addition to exploring ObjectPAL, this 700 page book covers such advanced topics as coding conventions, normalizing data, and the software development life cycle.

Paradox 7 Programming Unleashed

ISBN: 0-672-30895-9
Paradox 7 book on developing Windows applications with Paradox. This book, sample applications, and utilities is geared toward developers and is centered around teaching how to build an application using ObjectPAL.

The CD includes soft copies of the appendices, source code from the book, many applications, utilities, and sample Paradox objects. Among the sample Paradox applications and utilities is an invoicing system, Paradox Desktop Light 3.0, a script to deliver all objects in a directory, and Prestwood's Data Dictionary.

What Every Paradox 5 for Windows Programmer Should Know

ISBN: 0-672-30533-X
This 1,230 page new edition of Mike Prestwood's first book was a complete rewrite of every chapter and included a lot of new information.

What Every Paradox 4.5 for Windows Programmer Should Know

ISBN: 0-672-30368-X
This 1,167 page book was Mike Prestwood's first book and included hundreds of code examples and full applications on the included CD. Many programmers have complimented Mike for the chose of examples included in this book. Mike chose the examples based on questions directly asked him while working in Technical Support for Borland Software Corporation.

Author Contributions

Mike Prestwood contributed to the following books.

WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux

ISBN: 0-07-212238-2
Mike Prestwood contributed four chapters to this book and although his contribution was 15% of the book, he did not receive author credit. Mike is briefly acknowledged in the Acknowledgements on page XXI as writing "most" of the Paradox material (he actually wrote all of the Paradox material). This type of misleading "credit" is too prolific in the publishing industry.

Paradox for Windows Developer's Guide

ISBN: 0-672-30496-1
Mike Prestwood contributed Chapter 9, "Using Crosstabs and Graphs", "Appendix C: Prestwood Coding Convention", and numerous code examples included on the CD.
This book covers building and supporting Paradox applications, customizing object behavior with ObjectPAL scripts. This edition contains new chapters on database design concepts and networking, and new appendices on data recovery and Prestwood Coding Convention.

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