Steven J. Stein, MCP, began working with and programming computers as a hobby in the early 1980s. He spent many years in the automotive electronics industry, but as the personal computer revolution took hold and the need for automating routine business tasks became a necessity, he returned to programming and writing macros. Steve has been producing documentation and code samples at Microsoft since early 2000 and has been a programmer writer on the Visual Studio team since 2001. He currently resides on an undisclosed hilltop in western Washington, with his extreme coding partner, Jackson (okay, he’s just a cat but he’s learning to type random variable names!). Among other things, Steve is an avid skier, hiker, and motorcycle rider. He can often be found at the remotest part of some ski area or riding his motorcycle on a local, twisty back road.