W. Clay Richardson is a software consultant concentrating on agile Java solutions for highly specialized business processes. He has fielded many Java solutions, serving in roles including senior architect, development lead, and program manager. He is a coauthor of More Java Pitfalls and Professional Portal Development with Open Source Tools (Wiley). As an adjunct professor of computer science for Virginia Tech, Richardson teaches graduate-level coursework in object-oriented development with Java. He holds degrees from Virginia Tech and the Virginia Military Institute.
Donald Avondolio is a software consultant with over 19 years of experience developing and deploying enterprise applications. He began his career in the aerospace industry developing programs for flight simulators and later became an independent contractor, crafting health-care middleware and low-level device drivers for an assortment of mechanical devices. Most recently, he has built e-commerce applications for numerous high-profile companies, including The Home Depot, Federal Computer Week, the U.S. Postal Service, and General Electric. He is currently a technical architect and developer on several portal deployments. Don serves as an adjunct professor at Virginia Tech, where he teaches progressive object-oriented design and development methodologies, with an emphasis on patterns.
Joe Vitale has been working as a developer for the last ten years. He has worked significantly with the latest Java technologies and also the most-popular open source technologies on the market. Besides being a developer, Vitale is coauthor of Professional Portal Development with Open Source Tools (Wiley), which had a strong focus on open source development and the Java Portlet API formally known as JSR 168. Joe currently works for McDonald Bradley as a development manager, where he manages more than 50 developers.
Scot Schrager has consulted extensively in the domains of pharmaceuticals, supply chain management, and the national security market. He has led and participated in various project teams using Java and Object Oriented Analysis & Design techniques. Most recently, Schrager has been focused on distributed application architecture using J2EE technology.
Mark W. Mitchell has extensive experience in enterprise application integration, particularly Web Services integration between Java and the Microsoft platform. He has developed and deployed several mission-critical Web applications. Mitchell holds a degree in computer science from the University of Virginia.
Jeff Scanlon is a senior software engineer at McDonald Bradley in Herndon, Virginia. Scanlon holds both the Sun Certified Java Developer and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer certifications and has been published in Software Development magazine.