|My name is Istvan Siposs. I've been a computer
consultant since 1990, initially specializing in C and C++
programming, and later adding Borland Paradox, then Microsoft Access
and Microsoft SQL database programming to my repertoire. Since 2001,
I've been a full time Yahoo! Store developer.
In the early nineties, I started building web sites, first of
course only in HTML, but soon I learnt client-side scripting
scripting languages, ASP and PHP. For a number of years my main
specialty was creating interactive web applications usually
including heavy-duty database back-end support. I have built
full-blown auction-type web sites, complete shopping sites (writing
code for the shopping card, credit card processing, and email
management, as well as back-end and statistical functions.)
In 1999 - while looking for a solution to start selling a
client's products online (www.noteworthyusa.com)
- I came across Yahoo! Store, which was advertised as a shopping
solution that can enable a merchant to go online in a matter of
minutes. It turned out to be mostly true; however I soon found out
that to get the most out of the Yahoo! Store (now Yahoo! Merchant
Solutions) platform, I had to learn the programming language Yahoo!
Store is based on: RTML. The problem at the time was, that there was
no documentation on RTML besides a list of the commands, and Yahoo!
provided no support or assistance with the language. So I took it up
on myself to learn the language through trial and error, and built a
very successful store for NoteWorthy. This store still operates on
Yahoo! at www.notetools.com.
After having figured out RTML, I started to get more and more new
clients on Yahoo! Store, and by 2001, building Yahoo! Stores became
my full-time business. I then compiled my RTML knowledge into a
101: The unofficial guide to Yahoo! Store templates". As
the first (and to date only) manual on RTML, the book became a
"must have" for anyone interested in learning Yahoo!
Store's RTML and working with or building custom Yahoo! Stores. A
number of other books on the same subject followed with the latest
Store Tips and Tricks" jointly authored by myself and
Michael Whitaker of www.monitus.com.
In 2002, Michael and I started holding seminars
to those interested in learning RTML and running a successful Yahoo!
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