David Hunter is a Senior Technical Consultant for CGI, the largest Canadian independent information technology (IT) services firm and the fifth largest in North America. With a career that has spanned design, development, support, training, writing, and other roles, he has had extensive experience building scalable, enterprise-class applications using various Internet technologies.
David Hunter contributed Chapters 1–3 and Appendix B to this book.
Andrew Watt is an independent consultant and computer
book author with an interest and expertise in various XML
technologies. Currently, he is focusing on the use of XML in
Microsoft technologies. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable
Professional for Microsoft InfoPath 2003.
Jeff Rafter’s involvement in the computer industry
began with his work on Future Lock, a Commodore 64 classic
published by Compute’s Gazette. For the past eight
years his focus has shifted to web development and markup
languages, and he is always eager to explore emerging technologies.
Jeff currently resides in Redlands, California, where he enjoys
restoring his turn-of-the-century house, playing frisbee with his
Border Collie and writing sonnets.
Jon Duckett published his first website in 1996 while
studying for a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at Brunel University,
London. Since then he has helped create a wide variety of websites
and has co-authored more than 10 programming-related books on
topics from ASP to XML (via many other letters of the alphabet)
that have covered diverse aspects of web programming including
design, architecture, and coding. After graduating, Jon worked for
Wrox Press first in their Birmingham (UK) offices for three years
and then in Sydney (Australia) for another year. He is now a
freelance developer and consultant based in a leafy suburb of
London, working for a range of clients spread across three
continents. When not stuck in front of a computer screen, Jon
enjoys writing and listening to music.
Danny Ayers is a freelance developer and writer
specializing in cutting-edge web technologies. His personal focus
is on using Semantic Web technologies to make the Internet a whole
lot more useful. He lives in rural Tuscany with his wife, Caroline,
a dog, Basil, and numerous cats. The animals regularly appear
alongside XML-oriented material on his weblog at
Nicholas Chase has been involved in website development
for companies such as Lucent Technologies, Sun Microsystems,
Oracle, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Nick has been a high school
physics teacher, a low-level radioactive waste facility manager, an
online science fiction magazine editor, a multimedia engineer, and
an Oracle instructor. More recently, he was the Chief Technology
Officer of an interactive communications firm. He is the host of
the XML Reference Guide on InformIT.com, a frequent contributor to
IBM’s developerWorks, and the author of several books on XML
and web development. He’s currently trying to buy a farm so
he and his wife can raise alpacas and mutant chickens. He loves to
hear from readers and can be reached through his website,
Joe Fawcett began programming 30 years ago and started
working in development after leaving college. A career change saw
him become a professional bridge player until 10 years ago when he
returned to programming, becoming especially interested in XML as
it was emerging in 1997. He was awarded the status of Microsoft
Most Valuable Professional in XML in 2003. Joe works as head of
software development for Chesterton Ltd., a large property company
based in the U.K. He lives with Gillian and their two young
children, Persephone and Xavier.
Tom Gaven has been in the IT industry for over 25 years
and has developed and delivered technical training on programming
languages, operating systems, user interfaces, and architecture.
Recently, Tom has focused on XML and all related technologies.
Currently, Tom works for Exostar, the B2B exchange for the
aerospace and defense industry, maintaining the XML interfaces and
schemas for the exchange. He also co-authored a freely available
XML editor, XMLDE. The editor supports RELAX NG and is available at
Bill Patterson has worked in the computer field for
longer than he would care to admit. He holds a masters’
degree in both business and computer science. He first began
working with PHP and XML in 2000, and works as an independent
consultant in New Jersey.