Charles Munat has been building dynamic database-backed web applications for more than a decade. He has worked with Scala/Lift, Ruby/Rails, LAMP, .Net, ASP, and even Tcl/Tk and Cold Fusion. At one time or another he has used every major RDBMS, plus a few more exotic databases as well. He’s built desktop applications and COM objects in C#, command-line applications in C, C++, and Java, and Java applets, and even helped teach a class in C programming. His first programming language was PL-C learned at Cornell University in the late 1970s on an IBM mainframe using punch cards and printouts.
Charles built his first website in 1995 using Notepad. His first professional site, built in 1997 and still using Notepad, featured absolute CSS positioning, was standards compliant, and met virtually every requirement of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), then still in working draft format. He was an early advocate of usability and accessibility, sitting briefly on the W3C WCAG 2.0 working group, and was highly active on the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative’s interest group mailing list.
Over the years he has worked mostly as a private contractor, building applications to help elementary school children with behavioral disabilities, promote health, the environment, and alternative energy sources, and provide enterprise-level power to small and/or non-profit businesses.
Charles holds a B.S. in Informatics and a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Washington. His interests range from politics, philosophy, and art, to culture, cuisine, and even cocktails (but only the really good ones).
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Lift's view-centric approach to MVC and Scala's static typing along with its use of immutable constructs, implicits, case classes, and pattern matching can prove confusing to Rails developers. Charles Munat explains how Lift differs from Rails and shows how to exploit those differences to write powerful web applications in Lift.
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