Alex spent most of his earlier working life as a technical salesman, and has had a love-hate relationship with computers that goes way back to the Sinclair Z80 and the Oric Atmos. In 1996 he retired from full-time work to concentrate on writing and developing in the fast-growing arena of the Web. This coincided with the release of Microsoft ASP 1.0, and since then he has been involved almost exclusively in that area.
Alex has written or contributed to over 40 books on Web technologies for Wrox Press, Sams Publishing, APress! and Addison Wesley, predominantly on Microsoft ASP and ASP.NET, XML, and mobile device support. He has also contributed more than 20 articles to ASPToday, plus several to other ASP-related Web resources sites such as DevX and 15seconds.com.
He has presented sessions about Web technologies at four Wrox conferences, two ASPDevCon conferences, as well as Microsoft's PDC, Tech-Ed, ASP.NET Connections and VS-Live conferences. He has also conducted training sessions for McKesson HBOC, BMS Limited, and other local companies and developers on ASP.NET and XML. In addition he has provided talks and demonstrations for local Dot Net User Groups, DDG-UK, and even for user groups in exotic locations such as Vienna.
Alex has been awarded MVP status by Microsoft, and is also a member of the CodeWise community, the ASP.NET Insiders group, and the INETA Speaker Bureau. In what spare time is left, he runs his own software and consultancy company Stonebroom Ltd.