Gregory Pierce has worked in software development and executive management, across a variety of high-technology industries, for over 18 years. Gregory started his professional computer software career as a software test engineer for the Microsoft Corporation in 2002. Since then he has gained experience across a variety of industries; while working in the defense and space industry for Sytex, Director of Research and Development for Bethesda Softworks and Zenimax Media, Software Architect for the Strategic Applications group within CNN, and later Time Warner, Technology Evangelist at JBoss/Red Hat, Vice President of Technology for Blockbuster, and finally Director of Global Software Development for the Intercontinental Hotels Group. A published technical author, Gregory has used his experience to give back to communities by lecturing on a variety of technology subjects, contributing to open source projects, and participating in organizations such as Junior Achievement. Gregory holds an MBA in Global Business from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS in Computer Science from Xavier University of Louisiana. In this book, many of the chapters and artwork contained herein are commissioned by Sojourner Mobile, provider of the monetization platform that has made it all possible. He co-authored Direct3D Professional Reference during the early days of DirectX.