Speakers

One of the best reasons to attend the O'Reilly Open Source Convention is the unprecedented gathering of top-notch presenters, leaders, and experts from all avenues of the open source movement. You will find core developers, unique users, and visionaries who will share their knowledge with you to help you solve your computing or programming challenges. You won't find a gathering like this at any other conference.

Our speaker list is growing daily. Please check back regularly to see who we have lined up for you.

N/A Aahz
Aahz has been programming in Python for more than three years and enjoys teaching people how to use Python. Aahz was a technical editor for two Python books and has presented tutorials at OSCON 2000, OSCON 2001, and the Ninth Python Conference.

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Gisle Aas
Gisle Aas is a senior developer at ActiveState. He is one of the core Perl developers and maintainer of several Perl modules on CPAN, including LWP. At ActiveState, Aas led the project for enabling Perl to work with Zope. Before coming to ActiveState he worked as an independent consultant in Norway.

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DJ Adams
DJ Adams is an old SAP hacker who still thinks JCL and S/370 assembler is pretty cool. In recent years he's been successfully combining Open Source software with R/3 to produce hybrid systems that show off the power of free software.

He is the author of O'Reilly's Programming Jabber, contributes articles to O'ReillyNet's P2P site, and has to own up to being responsible for the Jabber::Connection, Jabber::RPC and Jabber::Component::Proxy modules on CPAN.

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John W. Adams
Despite being at best a mediocre Perl programmer, John Adams spent the last five years at a huge corporation supporting an even huger corporation, using Perl as his primary programming language and tool of choice. During those years, he lost many fights, none about Perl. He is now a data-warehousing consultant based out of Houston, Texas. He has been a newspaper publisher, a bookseller, and a professional student, and writes poetry about Kurt Godel, John von Neumann, and Alan Turing.

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Tracy Adams
Tracy Adams is a co-founder of ArsDigita, the chief developer of the original ArsDigita Community System and currently serves as the company's VP of Developer Relations. Prior to ArsDigita, Tracy was with PlanetAll.com (acquired by Amazon.com) and several Boston-area startups. Tracy holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in computer science from MIT, where she received the Henry Ford II Scholar Award as most outstanding engineering student in her graduating class.

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Ben Adida
Ben Adida began building database-backed web services in 1995. He was a member of the original ArsDigita team and built early pieces of the ArsDigita Community System, a toolkit for building scalable, collaborative web applications. In November 1999, he helped launch the OpenACS project, a port of the ArsDigita Community System to PostgreSQL. The OpenACS is the only enterprise-class fully open-source web toolkit available to date. Adida is a continuing contributor and architect on the OpenACS project.

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Brian Aker
Brian Aker is the director of architecture for MySQL when he helps set direction for technology and looks for opportunities to harness and shape the MySQL database for efforts in Web, OEM, and telephony. In his copious amounts of free time he works on Apache and Perl modules, and hacks on the Asterisk Telephony System (hence, never has a working home phone number). In the past, he has been involved with projects for the Army Engineer Corps, The Virtual Hospital, Splunk, and Slashdot. He lives in Seattle with his dog Rosalynd.

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Richard Alan
Rick Alan is an independent software developer with 12+ years of experience in Microsoft, Sun and Open Source technologies. He has degrees in Biology and Electrical Engineering and is also a professional musician and storyteller.

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David Aldrich
David Aldrich works at UNT Health Science Center writing applications exclusively utilizing Open Source software, and teaches classes on various open source topics including Perl and Linux. He began using UNIX in the mid 1980s.

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Jeff D. Almeida
Jeff Almeida is Chief Scientist for a company delivering web-based HR solutions. He has spent the last seven years working as a web developer and sysadmin, building solutions for high-profile clients like Sprint and the Green Bay Packers. He and his family currently live near Dallas, TX.

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Michael Ang
Michael Ang is a former Netscape software developer who started working on the "Mozilla Classic" code base in January 1998. While at Netscape he worked on the JavaScript interpreter, the XPIDL compiler and XPConnect. He purports to understand the "big picture" of how the key technologies in Mozilla fit together. Ang currently works for Linuxcare where his activities include kernel and device driver hacking for the PA-RISC Linux port.

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Fabio Arciniegas
Fabio Arciniegas is the President and Chief Technical Officer of Postgraphy, a company he co-founded in 2001 for the development of high-end graphics software and technical consulting, mainly in the areas of Image Processing and XML development. Fabio is the creator and main developer of ShotTreatment. As a writer, Fabio is the author of three books in XML development including the unique C++ XML and Addison Wesleys' upcoming Patterns in XML. He contributes regularly to xml.com.

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Kaj Arnö
Kaj Arnö is VP Community at MySQL AB. He promotes the 3 Ps of the MySQL Community: Popularity, Participation and Pioneering -- connecting the external and internal MySQL developers with each other. Kaj believes there are internal connections between his favourite topics which include arranging meetings in a virtual organisation, coping with timezones, managing cross-cultural teams and singing drinking songs (a practice of his native Finland that he is promoting with varied success in Munich, Germany where he's currently living).

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Jason Asbahr
Jason Asbahr's passion is building virtual worlds. His background includes programming Ultima Online 2 at Origin Systems, developing one of the first PC-based virtual actors for Compaq, crafting virtual building walkthroughs for architects, and performing laser shows for the Houston Museum of Natural Science. His current project is the massively multiplayer open source game Netsu.

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David Ascher
David Ascher manages the ActiveState division of Sophos, an international software company. In this role, he provides business and technical leadership for ActiveState's tools, languages, and resources for open source programming languages.

Prior to ActiveState's acquisition by Sophos, Ascher was the technical lead for ActiveState's Python initiatives and for the Komodo integrated development environment (IDE), which was one of the first professional applications built on top of the Mozilla codebase by a team outside of the Netscape/Mozilla team.  Komodo is a commercial IDE which has been on the market for several years, and ships on Windows, Linux, Solaris, and soon Mac OS X.

Ascher is a key figure in the Python community, and a director of the Python Software Foundation. He is a Python trainer and frequent speaker at software conferences, including the O'Reilly Open Source Convention. Ascher co-authored Learning Python and co-edited The Python Cookbook, both published by O'Reilly; helped develop and document the Numeric and PyOpenGL Python extensions.

Prior to joining ActiveState, Ascher was a Python consultant in areas including telemedicine, high-performance graphics, scientific computing, web/database interfaces, and Windows CE. He has worked for Apple Computer, Neuron Data, Brown University, and Distributed Data Systems.

Ascher holds a B.Sc. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science, both from Brown University. His interests include scientific computing, advanced user interface and object-oriented programming techniques.

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Elaine Ashton
Elaine Ashton is Sr. Unix Systems Administrator for Nokia. She is the leak plugger for search.cpan.org and creator/maintainer of {lists|bookmarks|mirror}.cpan.org and CPAN Assistant Librarian while the Master Librarian is busy being pump king for Perl 5.8. Ashton’s other highlights include the Perl Monger Taxi, White Camel Award Recipient, and the Perl Timeline creator/maintainer for history.perl.org.

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Daniel Austin
Daniel Austin is currently Director of Research and Development at Mozquito Technologies AG, working on developing cutting-edge web technology with XML. As a member of the XHTML and XML Core Working Groups at W3C, Dr. Austin is the co-editor of "XHTML Modularization in XML Schema", currently a W3C Working Draft, and is also involved in modularizing XML Schemas for diverse platforms. Dr. Austin lives in Munich, Germany. Originally from the United States, Dr. Austin was formerly Director of R&D at CNET, and Senior Information Architect for Ask Jeeves, Inc. In a previous life, he worked for NASA and taught physics at University.

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David Axmark
David Axmark is one of the founders of MySQL AB and has been working with MySQL since before it had a name. His involvement with MySQL began with the idea to make an open source SQL RDBMS to replace an old terminal-based tool named UNIREG.

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Fred Baker
Fred Baker has worked in the telecommunications industry since 1978, building statistical multiplexors, terminal servers, bridges, and routers. At Cisco Systems, his primary interest areas include the improvement of Quality of Service for best effort and real time traffic, and the development of next generation routing and addressing for the Internet. In addition to product development, as a Cisco Fellow, he advises senior management of industry directions and appropriate corporate strategies.

His principal standards contributions have been to the IETF, for which he served as IETF Chair in from March 1996 to March 2001. In that forum, he has contributed to Network Management, Routing, PPP and Frame Relay, the Integrated and Differentiated Services architectures, and the RSVP signaling protocol. He now serves on the IETF’s Internet Architecture Board, and as a technical contributor.

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Jeffrey W. Baker
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Mitchell Baker
Mitchell Baker is CEO of Mozilla Corporation, and Chief Lizard Wrangler for the Mozilla project as a whole. The Mozilla project strives to maintain choice and innovation in key Internet applications by delivering great, user-friendly software, such as the Firefox web browser and Thunderbird email client. As one of the world's largest open source software development projects, the Mozilla project includes paid and volunteer staff members, engineers at numerous companies who are paid to work on Mozilla, a volunteer population numbering in the thousands, a range of spin-off projects, and a set of companies using Mozilla technology to build products.

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Stig Bakken
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Steve Ball
Steve Ball is founder and CTO of Australia's first dedicated XML consultancy, Zveno. A long time Web application developer, Steve started working with XML in 1996. He is the original author of several Open Source projects, including TclXML (an XML parser for the Tcl scripting language), TclDOM (a Tcl language binding for the DOM), "waX Me Lyrical" (an XML editor) and Plume (a general purpose Web browser). Steve is author of Web Tcl Complete (McGraw-Hill), several magazine articles and numerous research papers.

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Bill Barnett
Bill Barnett has responsibility for technology strategy, common component development, and development best practices at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, the investment banking division of Dresdner Bank.

Prior to that, he created the Distributed Object Integration Team (DO-IT) at First Union National Bank, which delivered common components and introduced Java, Corba, XML, and Servlets to the FUNB development environment.

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Graham Barr
Graham Barr has contributed to the development of the Perl language and is the author of many network related modules, such as Net::FTP and Net::LDAP and was the original author of the IO::Socket modules. Barr is also the author of the search.cpan.org website and co-founder of the CPAN testers group.

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James Barry
James Barry comes to CollabNet from International Business Machines, with a solid understanding of the Open Source Community and commercial software development. While at IBM, Barry initiated the WebSphere product line of Internet middleware servers. Barry was pivotal in IBM's adoption of the Apache Webserver as the official Webserver for IBM, as well as initiating the Apache Jakarta Project between Apache, Sun Microsystems and IBM. Barry worked with the Linux and Open Source strategy teams bringing IBM into the world of Open Source software as part of his strategy responsibilities. Prior to IBM, Barry was a partner in ResNova software, an early Webserver software company acquired by Microsoft. In addition, he also founded InfoPort.com, one of the first commercial ISPs, in 1993. Barry brings over 20 years of management experience initiating change at Fortune 500 companies as well as successful startups. Barry received a BA in Economics from the University of Colorado. He left his MBA program at the University of Colorado to begin working on commercial Internet software after discovering the power of the Internet.

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David Beazley
David Beazley is the author of the Python Essential Reference. He is also the developer of a SWIG, a freely available tool for automatically interfacing C/C++ software with Python, Perl, and Tcl. He has taught a variety of tutorials on C-scripting language integration and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Chicago where he teaches courses in operating systems, networks, and Internet programming.

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Brian Behlendorf
Brian Behlendorf founded CollabNet, with O'Reilly & Associates, in July 1999. The company provides tools and services based on open source methods. Before launching CollabNet, Behlendorf was co-founder and CTO of Organic Online, a Web design and engineering consultancy located in San Francisco. During his five years at Organic, Behlendorf helped create Internet strategies for dozens of Fortune 500 companies. During that time, he co-founded and contributed heavily to the Apache Web Server Project, co-founded and supported the VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) effort, and assisted several IETF working groups, particularly the HTTP standardization effort. Before starting Organic, Behlendorf was the first Chief Engineer at Wired Magazine and later HotWired, one of the first large-scale publishing Web sites.

Behlendorf is President of the Apache Software Foundation. He also serves as a Technical Advisor to Critical Path (CPTH) and Topica.

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Stas Bekman
Stas Bekman is an open source developer, spending most of his time working on the ASF mod_perl project. He is an ASF member, online columnist, and a co-author of Practical mod_perl, published by O'Reilly Media, Inc.

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Robin Berjon
Robin Berjon is an independant contractor and consultant with strong experience in XML publishing and Perl programming. He has contributed to several Open Source projects such as AxKit and the PerlSAX2 effort.

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Roberto Biancardi
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Gunther Birznieks
Gunther Birznieks' early involvement in cutting edge biotechnology research brought him to the Web to manage collaborative research from the start and eventually went on to be a cofounder of eXtropia in Asia where he is CTO. Throughout this time, Birznieks has subsequently published multiple books and talks in various areas of web programming including the CGI Programming with Perl book from O'Reilly.

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Ask Bjørn Hansen
Ask Bjørn Hansen is a software developer and consultant focused on Perl, Apache, Linux and other open source technologies. He has worked with Perl for more than eight years, building large and small systems in Perl, including mod_perl systems serving thousands of requests per second. He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation and has been building and managing much of the perl.org community infrastructure since 1999.

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Alan W. Black
Alan W Black is faculty at the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and co-founder of Cepstral, LLC, a company offering voice building services on top of free software synthesis engines. He has over 15 years in speech and language research, publishing more than 50 papers in those fields. He is a principal author of Edinburgh University's Festival Speech Synthesis System, and co-author of the forthcoming O'Reilly book "Building Synthetic Voices", and co-author of FestVox and Flite.

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David N. Blank-Edelman
David N. Blank-Edelman is the Director of Technology at the Northeastern University College of Computer and Information Science and the author of the O'Reilly book Perl for System Administration. He has spent the last 18 years as a system/network administrator in large multi-platform environments, including Brandeis University, Cambridge Technology Group, and the MIT Media Laboratory. He has served as Senior Technical Editor for the Perl Journal.

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David Blevins
David Blevins is a contributing author to the book Component-Based Software Engineering (Addison-Wesley 2001) and author of a forthcoming Addison-Wesley book on the Java 2 Enterprise Edition. Blevins is also the co-founder of the OpenEJB open source Enterprise JavaBeans container system. In the past, he has also been involved in the development of other Java middleware technologies like the JDBCTM API and Object Serialization for the Java platform. Blevins can be found speaking about EJB and OpenEJB at conferences such the Exolab Sessions, and JavaOne.

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Ryan Bloom
Ryan Bloom is a senior software engineer at Covalent Technologies in San Francisco, CA. He is currently working on Apache 2.0 and the Apache Portable Run-Time.

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Rich Bodo
Rich Bodo is the coordinator of the GNUCOMM, TOSI, and Voxilla.org projects. He previously worked at a number of silicon valley telephony and Linux companies, and is now the Managing Director of Open Source Telecom Corporation. For the last two years he has been developing and commercially deploying GNU/Linux based telecommunications systems. In his copious spare time he is studying to be an Emergency Medical Technician and hosting geeky get togethers such as the Free Telephony Summit.

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Rich Bowen
Rich Bowen is a member of the Apache Software Foundation, where he works on the documentation of the Apache Web Server. He's also the web guy at Asbury college (asbury.edu) in Wilmore, Kentucky.

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Ronald A. Bowers
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Don Box
Don Box is an architect at Microsoft where he works on XML messaging technologies and protocols. Don began the XML phase of his life by co-authoring the first SOAP specification in 1998 and has been active in the field of hooking programs together for at least a dozen years.

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Franc Brglez
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Dan Brian
Dan Brian is a software engineer, writer, analyst, and entrepreneur. His development and research interests include natural language processing, knowledge ontologies, and entertainment software. He is currently engaged with a small startup building web-based multiplayer knowledge games scheduled to launch in 2005. Brian was formerly a columnist for the Perl journal, a contributor to several O'Reilly texts, and a senior software engineer at NTT/Verio.

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James Briggs
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Leon Brocard
Leon Brocard (a.k.a. acme) is an orange-loving Perl/Parrot Eurohacker with many varied contributions to the Perl community, including the GraphViz module on the CPAN. YAPC::Europe was all his fault. He is still looking for a Perl Monger group he can start which begins with the letter 'D.'

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Tim Bunce
Tim Bunce has been a Perl5-porter since 1994, contributing to the development of the Perl language and many of its core modules. He is the author and maintainer of the Perl DBI module.

He is the founder and CTO of Data-Plan Services, a Perl, database, and performance consultancy with an international client base. He is co-author, along with Alligator Descartes, of Programming the Perl DBI, the definitive book on DBI, published by O'Reilly Media.

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Sean M. Burke
Burke is a columnist for /The Perl Journal/, and has written a few dozen modules in CPAN, notably the current generation of HTML::Tree (HTML::TreeBuilder et al). He has a Master's in Linguistics from Northwestern University (thesis 1997: /The Design of Online Lexicons/) and is involved in various projects to study and preserve Native American languages. He is currently working on a book about LWP for O'Reilly & Associates, due out in late 2001.

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Scott Burton
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Jerry Carter
Jerry Carter is a Software Architect with SpeechWorks International, specializing in object-oriented methodologies, design patterns, and computer speech recognition. He is an active member of the W3C Voice Browser Working Group focused on VXML, SSML, NLSML, and many other acronyms. He is a graduate of both Caltech and UPenn and skis and plays ultimate frisbee whenever he can. Jerry remembers 8" floppies and the web browser Mosaic. He uses both vi and Emacs.

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Dave Carvell
Dave Carvell is a Software Engineer and Division Manager for Galaxy Global Corporation of Bridgeport, West Virginia. He has designed and written software in a variety of business, industrial, networking, and artificial intelligence applications.

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Jesus Castagnetto
Jesus Castagnetto, a physical-organic chemist by training and a computational chemist and net-head by inclination, works in The Scripps Research Institute’s Metalloprotein Structure and Design Group. He developed the Metalloprotein Database and Browser (MDB), a bioinformatics resource with both a user interface and a set of APIs (web services).

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Joshua Chamas

Josh Chamas is a Senior Consultant with MySQL, specializing in database migrations and performance tuning. He graduated from Stanford with a B.S.C.S., and has been involved in numerous database migrations especially to and from Oracle and MySQL over the past 9 years. He has been responsible for performance analysis and database tuning for large web clusters servicing millions of users, as well as data warehousing applications up to a terabyte in size.

In 1999, he became involved with MySQL while migrating a high performance OLTP database from Oracle, and wrote part of the core MyISAM storage engine to make it more scalable for this project, as well as adding other ANSI SQL syntactic glue to facilitate general migration work.

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Permaine Cheung
Permaine Cheung is the Senior Database Test engineer, at Red Hat, Inc. She is currently responsible for product development of the Red Hat , which is based on the open source project - PostgreSQL, and the supporting database tools. Permaine has over 7 years experience in the computer industry in a variety of testing software tools and databases roles.

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Steve Chirokas
Steve Chirokas is Director of Product and Channel Marketing at SpeechWorks where he is responsible for product teams managing SpeechWorks speech recognition and SpeechSite, Speechify and Eloquent ETI Text-to-Speech, SpeechSecure voice recognition, and software components provided as part of the Open Speech Web. Steve also manages marketing efforts targeted for partners integrating and selling SpeechWorks products. Steve is involved with guiding SpeechWorks' product direction on integration and adherence to the VoiceXML standard including past participation within the VoiceXML Forum as part of the Educational Committee. Prior to SpeechWorks, Steve was Director of Marketing at Process Software for product lines including Directory-based IP management solutions, web services and TCP/IP systems. Steve has held previous Marketing positions with Compaq, VDOnet, Brooktrout and Scitex.

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Tom Christiansen
Tom Christiansen is an author and trainer who has been involved with Perl since its initial public release in 1987. Tom is the owner of the perl.com domain and website, author and major caretaker of Perl's online documentation, original author and co-maintainer of the Perl Frequently Asked Questions list, and frequent technical reviewer for The Perl Journal and O'Reilly & Associates.

Tom is the lead author of The Perl Cookbook and co-author of Programming Perl, Learning Perl, and Learning Perl on Win32 Systems - all bestsellers from O'Reilly & Associates. He served two terms on the USENIX Association Board of Directors and was president of The Perl Journal.

Perl users selected Tom to receive the White Camel award in 1999, the year of the award's inception. Members of the Open Source community voted Tom the Best Newbie Helper in the first annual Andover.Net Slashdot Open Source Community Awards, 2000, to honor Open Source pioneers.

Tom owns and operates Tom Christiansen Perl Consultancy, also known as TCPC, which has provided Perl training to most major corporations, Fortune 500 businesses, and military branches in the US as well as many companies internationally.

He has a Masters degree in Computer Science specializing in operating systems design and in computational linguistics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he also received Bachelors degrees in Spanish and Computer Science.

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chromatic
chromatic is the technical editor of the O'Reilly Network. He edits ONLamp.com, the Linux Dev Center, and Perl.com. In his spare time, he is a prolific CPAN developer, a member of the Perl 6 design team, and a contributor to Perl 5, Parrot, and Pugs.

chromatic is also the author or co-author of several books, including Perl Testing: A Developer's Notebook (with Ian Langworth) and Perl Hacks (with Damian Conway and Curtis "Ovid" Poe).

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Wesley J. Chun
Wesley J. Chun, author of Core Python Programming, the Python book for Prentice Hall's popular "Core" series, has over a decade of engineering and instructional experience. He is a principal and founder of CyberWeb Consulting, offering website design, software engineering, technical editing, and corporate training services. While at Yahoo!, he helped build Yahoo!Mail and Yahoo! People Search using Python. He can be reached at cyberweb at rocketmail.com.

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Ding Chunping
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Petr Cimprich
Petr Cimprich is one of the founders of the Ginger Alliance, a Prague, Czech Republic based software company started in 1999. He is a web developer and software engineer. He designs and develops XML and XSLT applications, frequently using the Charlie framework. In 1997 Cimprich received a Ph.D. in Digital Image Processing from Charles University in Prague.

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Mac Cody
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Mark Colan
Mark Colan is an e-business technology evangelist for IBM corporation. He gives technical, keynote, and customer presentations on Web Services and XML technologies and strategy, and has spoken at most XML conferences in 2000 and 2001, as well as Java One '98 and '99. Before joining IBM, Mark worked at Lotus Development Corporation for 12 years, and helped to develop several commercial products. With over 20 years experience in designing and implementing commercial software products and technologies, Mark is well versed in component software strategies, operating systems, and software tools. He served as the Lead Architect for the InfoBus Technology, a Java Standard Extension developed at Lotus.

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Michael Conner
Michael H. Conner, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Engineer and Member of the IBM Technical Academy. He is the Chief Technical Officer for Web Services where he is leading IBM's efforts to provide customers with tools for developing and deploying web services. Dr. Conner has many years of experience in enterprise application architecture including leading the team that defined the architecture for IBM's Framework for e-business. He also has worked extensively in object technology making many basic contributions.

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Damian Conway
Damian has been a vi addict for quarter of a century. His h, j, k, and l keys are polished blank with overuse. He's noremapped his space and tab keys to more useful functions. His .vimrc is over 600 lines long, about 90% of it scripting code. VIM is his second favorite programming language and his only IDE.

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Mark Cotton
Mark Cotton is an expert in open source database and middleware technologies. He leads the team that delivers technology-consulting services to enterprise businesses. Prior work experience includes, Metro Information Services, First Union National Bank, First Data Corp. Health Systems and Digital Equipment Corp. Cotton has presented at numerous industry events, most recently appearing at Software Development West, with upcoming presentations scheduled at O’Reilly’s Open Source Convention, LinuxWorld and Fall Internet World. He has also published articles on open source database technologies in Enterprise Linux, Database Trends, and Storage Management Solutions magazines. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, NC, specializing in information technology. His undergraduate degree is from Boston University.

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Simon Cozens
Simon Cozens is an open source programmer and author; he is a columnist for the Perl Journal, the author of Beginning Perl by Wrox Press, and co-author of Using Perl and C.

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Dave Cross
Dave Cross is an active member of the Perl community and is a regular poster to Perl discussion boards. In 1998, Dave founded the London Perl Mongers group, the first Perl users' group outside the USA. He is still the nominal leader of this group.

More recently, Dave has become a Perl writer and trainer. He has written articles for The Perl Journal and www.perl.com and was a regular columnist for PerlMonth. In January 2001, his first book Data Munging with Perl was published by Manning. He is a regular speaker at Perl conferences.

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Michael Cynn
Michael Cynn is the web programmer at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. His main project is the FAS Web Portal, which he also authored. Cynn attended Carnegie Mellon University Institute of Technology and studied Civil Engineering. He has been involved in web programming for 7 years.

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Ian Darwin
Ian Darwin is the author of O'Reilly's popular Java Cookbook and the in-progress Tomcat: The Definitive Guide. He has worked with computers since the beginning of time (0x00000000L), with UNIX since 1980 (currently favoring OpenBSD), with Java since 1995, and with MacOS 7, 8, and X. He teaches regularly for Learning Tree International and has presented tutorials at UniForum, the O'Reilly OSCON, Geek Cruises' Java Jam and elsewhere.

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Deborah Davidson
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Miguel de Icaza
As the founder and leader of the GNOME Foundation, de Icaza is one of the foremost luminaries in the Linux development community. With his seemingly boundless energy, de Icaza has galvanized the effort to make Linux accessible and available to the average computer user. He brings this same excitement to his role as CTO of Ximian. de Icaza was instrumental in porting Linux to the SPARC architecture and led development of the Midnight Commander file manager and the Gnumeric spreadsheet. He is also a primary author of the design of the Bonobo component model, which leads the way in the development of large-scale applications in GNOME.

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Carlos de la Guardia
Carlos de la Guardia has been an Internet developer for the past 7 years. He is a shareholder and founding member of Aldea Systems, a 6 year old Mexican Internet development and consulting company, which recently opened business operations in Miami, Florida. He has been an active user and supporter of open source, and many of his company's biggest projects to date have used one or various open source technologies, like Perl, Apache, Linux and Zope. Together with lead developer Javier Rodriguez, he received the 1998 Perl Conference Best End User Application Award for a banking application developed by Aldea Systems for a Mexican bank.

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Haim Dimermanas
Haim Dimermanas has been helping several web hosting companies in getting a reliable, scalable and secure infrastructure using top of the range softwares like Apache and different network architectures. He is fascinated by the engineering behind a web hosting and web portal solution. He is teaching Linux, Perl, Apache and other Open Source technologies at the American InterContinental University in Florida.

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John Donagher
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Asa Dotzler

Asa Dotzler is the community coordinator for several Mozilla projects. He is the founder and coordinator of Mozilla’s Quality Assurance (QA) and Testing Program, which has grown from just a few contributors when Asa joined the project to tens of thousands of volunteers today. As the Quality Assurance lead, Asa works with Mozilla’s volunteer QA and testing community to ensure excellence and to certify applications for release.

Asa is also co-founder and community coordinator for the Spread Firefox project, launched in October 2004, where he spearheads open-source marketing projects. Spread Firefox is charged with empowering Firefox community members to raise awareness of the popular Web browser.

When he's not helping new QA and marketing contributors, he's working with drivers@mozilla.org, the project management group at Mozilla, to define requirements and development roadmaps for the Mozilla projects.

Asa has been an active member of the Mozilla community since 1999. After volunteering for more than a year, Asa joined the Mozilla organization and has played a key role in delivering products including the release of Mozilla 1.0 and the release of the award-winning Mozilla Firefox Web browser and Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail client now used by more than 60 million people combined worldwide.

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Jan Dubois
Jan Dubois, a prominent member of the Perl Community and maintainer of Win32::OLE, comes to ActiveState from Germany and has been part of the ActiveState team since January 2000.

Jan has over 10 years experience with information management in the financial services sector, a key area of ActiveState’s client base for PerlDirect, a quality assured Perl and support package for enterprise clients.

Prior to joining ActiveState, Jan worked in several European banking and insurance firms. In the banking sector, he produced research tools to test portfolio management strategies at Hamburg Mannheimer Investment Trust. He also was an IT project coordinator of electronic futures and options trading at Wereins-und Westbank. In the insurance industry, Jan planned and implemented the information and trading platform for Hamburg Mannheimer Insurance Company’s asset management group and was the information systems manager for the securities division at Albingia Insurance Company.

When not hacking Perl, Jan enjoys reading science fiction. Jan has a graduate degree in Physics (Diplom-Physiker) from the University of Hamburg.

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Paul Dubois
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Casey Duncan
Casey Duncan is a code-monkey at Zope Corporation. He devotes most of his days developing with and for Zope but tries hard not to be too serious. He has developed many open source add-on products for Zope as well including: ExternalEditor and FieldedTextIndex. After the children go to bed, he can often be found plying his keyboard working on pypes and other assorted projects.

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Brendan Eich
Eich is responsible for architecture and the technical direction of Mozilla. He is charged with authorizing module owners, owning architectural issues of the source base and writing the "roadmap" that outlines the direction of the Mozilla project.

Eich created JavaScript, did the work through Navigator 4.0, and helped carry it through international standardization. Before Netscape, he wrote operating system and network code for SGI; and at MicroUnity, wrote micro-kernel and DSP code, and did the first MIPS R4K port of gcc, the GNU C compiler.

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Schuyler Erle
Schuyler Erle is a free software developer and activist. He is responsible for NoCatAuth, an early open source wireless captive portal, and geocoder.us, an open source U.S. address geocoder. Erle wrote O'Reilly's Mapping Hacks with Jo Walsh and Rich Gibson, and Google Map Hacks, also with Rich.

Presently, he works with MetaCarta in Cambridge, MA, USA, developing nitfy geographic projects like OpenLayers, an open source web mapping framework written in pure JavaScript, and Gutenkarte, a service for exploring the geographic dimension of classic works of literature. Erle is proud to be a founding member of the OSGeo Foundation.

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Perry Evans
Perry Evans is the founding CEO of Local Matters Inc., a company recently formed through the merging of three leaders in local search. Aptas Inc, the company spearheading the merger, was founded by Evans in late 2001. In 2000, Evans co-founded Jabber, Inc., which he led as chairman until 2003. Prior to this position, he was the president and CEO of Webb Interactive.

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Ray Everett-Church
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George Fitch
George "Gaffer" Fitch is a Development Engineer for the Sensors Business Unit of Allegro MicroSystems, the industry leader in hall-effect (magnetic) sensors. Using the NuSphere combo of Apache, MySQL, Perl and PHP, he has developed tools used in various web based applications, including production analysis, inventory tracking, and documentation control. Due to their success at Allegro, he has also started developing open source versions of these tools. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, a BA in Philosophy, and is currently pursuing an MBA, all from the University of New Hampshire.

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Karl Fogel

Karl Fogel is an open source developer and author. After working on CVS and writing "Open Source Development With CVS" (Coriolis, 1999), he went to CollabNet, Inc as a founding developer in the Subversion project. Based on his experiences there, he wrote "Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project" (O'Reilly, 2005), and after a brief stint at Google, now works as an independent copyright reform activist. His secret mission is to spread open source principles and methods to areas outside software.

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James Fulton
Jim Fulton leads the development of the Zope application server and the Zope object database. He is currently shepherding the development of Zope 3, which is build on the Zope Component Architecture. He has more than 20 years experience in software development, including over 15 years with object-oriented software development techniques.

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Mike Furgal
Mike Furgal (aka The Database Guy) is the lead developer of the Gemini project that brought enterprise-class features to MySQL. Mike has dedicated his entire career to working with databases including spending the last 12 years developing the internals of both commercial and open source database engines. Mike has presented at dozens of conferences and seminars around the world as well as advised global companies on how to more effectively use technology in today's fast-paced market.

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Bryan George
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Rob Ginda
Rob Ginda is a Software Engineer on the JavaScript team at Netscape, where he works on the debugging API for the upcoming JavaScript 2.0 engine. In his copious spare time he hacks ChatZilla, an IRC client for Mozilla written using only JavaScript and XUL. Before joining Netscape, Rob lived in Boston, MA, making his living consulting software while contributing to the Mozilla development effort.

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Brett Glass
Brett Glass has more than 25 years of experience designing, building, writing about, and crash testing computer hardware and software. A consultant, author, and programmer based in Laramie, Wyoming, Brett obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Case Institute of Technology and his MSEE from Stanford. He writes and architects software, designs hardware (including chips, embedded systems, and network servers), and has more than 1500 published articles to his credit. He currently writes "Mean Streets," a monthly security column, for BoardWatch magazine. When he's not writing, consulting, speaking, or cruising the Web in search of adventure, he may be playing the Ashbory bass, doing carpentry, teaching Internet courses for LARIAT (Laramie's community network and Internet users' group), cooking up a storm, or enjoying spicy ethnic food. He can be reached at www.brettglass.com/mailbrett.html (no spam please).

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Paul Grassie
Paul Grassie has been programming in Perl since 1990 and has an extensive background in programmer training and course development. He has over twenty years' experience with Unix programming and administration and has been conducting Unix programmer training seminars for more than fifteen years.

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David Gravereaux
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Christopher Grill
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Martin Gudgin
Martin Gudgin is a researcher, educator and practitioner at DevelopMentor, a component software think-tank. He spends most of his time thinking about, working with and writing code for XML based systems and has been living the XML lifestyle since early 1999.

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R.V. Guha
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Neil Gunton
Neil Gunton is an independent software developer who focuses mainly on Open Source tools such as Linux, Apache, Perl, HTML::Embperl and MySQL. He is based in New York City, where he is working on his startup project, NilSpace. His homepage can be found at neilgunton.com.

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Chuck Hagenbuch
Chuck Hagenbuch works as a consultant/engineer-for-hire in the Boston area and wherever the internet reaches. He founded and continues to lead the Horde Project, and has contributed to PHP's IMAP and MCAL extensions and the PEAR class library.

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John Haines
Lead Software Developer for VFI/X at 21st Century Software Inc. Developed VFI/X (Vital File Identifier for the X windows environemnt) for AIX, SUN and HP UNIX Platforms. Developed DRVFI V4.00 - Disaster Recovery, Vital File Identifier for the OS390 mainframe environment.

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Brett Halle
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Stuart Halloway
Stuart Dabbs Halloway is a co-founder of Relevance, LLC. He is the author of Component Development for the Java Platform. Halloway regularly speaks at industry events including the No Fluff, Just Stuff Java Symposiums and the Pragmatic Studio.

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David G. Halsted
David G. Halsted, PhD., has been involved with Web programming since 1995, building interactive Web sites and database-driven Web applications for a variety of organizations in higher education and the private sector. He has been doing production work with XML and XML/database combinations since 1999. Halsted has been spoken on XML at national conferences and in smaller settings; he has published articles on XML, databases, and the role of the Web in Humanities instruction. He is Director of the Core Technologies Department at Creative Solutions, Inc. in Dexter, MI.

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Mark Hammond
Mark Hammond has been involved in the Python community for over 10 years, and the Mozilla community for not much less! Mark is the co-author of 2 books, releases and maintains the Python for Windows extensions and is the author of both the pyxpcom and pydom Mozilla integration libraries. Mark is currently employed by Enfold Systems and lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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Kip Hampton
Kip Hampton is a freelance Web Developer living in sunny Southern California. In addition to having written the monthly Perl/XML column for XML.com, he is the also the author of the XML::Schematron and XML::SemanticDiff modules, co-author of the XML::SAX distribution. He sits on the Apache Software Foundation's Project Management Committee for the Apache AxKit XML Publishing and Application Server project, and has written XML Publishing With AxKit published by O'Reilly & Associates. When he is not hacking Perl or writing, he enjoys avant-garde cinema, improvisational comedy, and off-roading in his Jeep.

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Ellen Hancock
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Piers Harding
Born a "Kiwi," Harding has been involved in the SAP community for longer the he would wish to remember. In more recent times he has fallen in love with the open source community, and its original ideals, becoming an enthusiastic advocate when ever possible.

This has prompted him to make some contributions -

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Dick Hardt
A pioneer in the internet sector and open source software community, Dick Hardt has been active in software development for nearly two decades. His most recent venture, Sxip Identity, provides enterprise identity management solutions for on-demand applications that leverage the power of Identity 2.0.

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Perrin Harkins
Perrin Harkins is a senior engineer at Plus Three, an open source-oriented consulting company. His prior experience includes development at large web-based businesses like eToys.com and CitySearch.com. He has published articles on perl.com and contributed to several books about web development. He is a frequent participant in open source projects, and a member of the Apache Software Foundation.

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Trevor Harris
Trevor Harris is an Instructor and Consultant at NuSphere. He is responsible for delivering, and assisting in the development and delivery of customer education. Harris has been teaching advanced MySQL and PHP training for the past two years, and brings twenty years of Services experience to the NuSphere team. Harris has presented at dozens of conferences and seminars around the world as well as advised global companies on how to more effectively use technology in today's fast-paced market.

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Mark Harrison
Mark Harrison is Chief Software Architect at AsiaInfo Holdings, which the Wall Stree Journal reports as "the arms merchant of choice for virtually every combatant in China's network wars...." He is most well known in the Tcl world as coauthor of Effective Tcl Programming and editor of Tcl/Tk Tools.

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James T. Hennig
James T. Hennig, BSME, MSSE. Has 12 years experience in software development methods with specific interests in system integration, programming languages, and system design.

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Jarkko Hietaniemi
Jarkko Hietaniemi has been playing with computers since his father made the mistake of bringing work home and little Jarkko started coloring the mainframe printouts. After getting his MSc in CS in 1995 he has been mainly wondering in the Nokia Research Center how computers and networks can work at all.

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Andrew Po-Jung Ho
Andrew P. Ho, M.D. is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA and the lead developer of Open Infrastructure for Outcomes (OIO), a web-based clinical and research information system that features plug-and-play web-forms (XML) implemented with Zope and PostgreSQL. His areas of research include data interchange, distributed systems and database security.

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Jeff Hobbs
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Richard L. Holbert
Rick Holbert is a Unix System Administrator in the Office of Information Technology at Ohio State University and is also an active member of the Central Ohio Linux Users Group and the Columbus Computer Society. Holbert is a 1982 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and an Ohio native. He has several years of computing experience. His first computer was an Apple ][+ that he modified so he could run CP/M. Holbert started using Unix in 1985, and installed his first copy of Linux in 1995.

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Sterling Hughes
Sterling Hughes is a PHP core developer, whose contributions, among other things, include writing the SimpleXML, cURL, XSLT, and Mono extensions. He is the author of the PHP Developer's Cookbook and currently writes a monthly column for the PHP Magazine entitled "Programming with PHP."

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Jason Hunter
Jason Hunter is Principal Technologist with Mark Logic, specializing in large-scale XML content manipulation using XQuery. He's the author of "Java Servlet Programming" (O'Reilly Media) and the creator of the JDOM open source project for Java-optimized XML manipulation.

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Brian Ingerson
Ingy döt Net is a hacker with more current projects than years to complete them. Some of his more well-known creations are Inline.pm, Kwiki, and YAML. He is currently homeless, traveling worldwide from hackathon to hackathon.

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Rex Jakobovits
Rex Jakobovits received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Washington in 1999. Perl has been Rex's language of choice for the past six years, and this talk describes WIRM, an open-source application server that he developed as part of his dissertation. He is currently a researcher at the Seattle Children's Hospital, where he uses Perl to build better patient record systems for radiologists. Rex is the founder of Wirm.org, an organization for WIRM users and contributors.

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Per Jambeck
Per Jambeck is a Ph.D. student in the Bioengineering department at the University of California, San Diego. He is the coauthor of Developing Bioinformatics Computer Skills (O'Reilly), and he does research on machine learning applications in structural bioinformatics.

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Cullen Jennings
Cullen is Senior Manager in the Voice Technology Center at Cisco Systems. Cullen has management, consulting, and development experience for both technology based companies and educational institutions. His industry experience includes semiconductor manufacturing, safety critical air traffic control systems, biomedical engineering, natural energy, government and academia. Cullen holds an MS in Computer Science and a BS in Applied Mathematics from the University of Calgary. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science finalizing his dissertation at the University of British Columbia. Cullen is a Member of IEEE and ACM and has published over 15 articles in the areas of computer vision and pattern recognition, vectorization, thinning algorithms and strategy, character recognition, multiprocessor programming and data capture and conversion.

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Mark Johnson
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Steven Johnson
Steven Johnson is the author of five books, including the national bestsellers The Ghost Map, Everything Bad Is Good For You, and Mind Wide Open. His latest online project, the neighborhood mapping site outside.in, launched in October of 2006. Previously, he was the co-creator of the pioneering online magazine FEED and the Webby-award-winning community site, Plastic.com. He is a Distinguished Writer In Residence at NYU's Department of Journalism, and blogs at stevenberlinjohnson.com.

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Ronald Johnston
Ronald L. Johnston is a partner in the Los Angeles Firm office of the international law firm of Arnold & Porter. He has been lead counsel in numerous leading IT and IP cases, founded and serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Computer & Internet Lawyer (1984-2001), founded and Chairs the University of Southern California Computer & Internet Law Institute (1979-2001), serves on the Board of Directors of the Computer Law Association, and is a frequent author and speaker at national institute on technology law issues.

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Eric Jones
Eric Jones has a broad background in engineering and software development and leads Enthought's product engineering and software design. Prior to co-founding Enthought, Jones worked in the fields of numerical electromagnetics and genetic optimization in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Duke University. He has taught numerous courses about Python and how to leverage it for scientific computing. Jones holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University in Electrical Engineering and a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Baylor University.

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Vincent C. Jones
Vincent C Jones is the founder and principal consultant of Networking Unlimited, Inc. Dr. Jones has been applying the theory of networking to the solution of real world problems for almost three decades and is the author of the book High Availability Networking.

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Mark Karaman
Mark Karaman is Chief Technologist of Solvepoint Corporation (solvepoint.com). He has twenty years experience in the architecture and deployment of advanced database information systems. He recently concluded five years as technical lead of one of the fastest growing privately held firms in the Greater Philadelphia Region. Mr. Karaman has also spoken on many topics, including XML, net deployment platforms and e-commerce. He has been invited to speak at Unix/Expo, Gartner Group, Linux user groups, and many other venues. His work on Internet, enterprise systems and technology has included clients such as MindSpring, Lucent, GMAC, GE Capital, AT&T, United Technologies, and many other world-class enterprises.

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Ricardo Ueda Karpischek
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Brian Kelley
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Chris Kelly
Chris Kelly is the Chief Privacy Officer for the broadband company, Excite@Home. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he as the Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology. He was also a fellow at the Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Chris holds a M.A. in Political Science from Yale University, where he was an editor of the Yale Journal of Law & The Humanities, a B.A. from Georgetown University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and also attended the University of California at Berkeley.

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Jirka Kosek
Jirka Kosek is a freelance writer and journalist evangelizing XML and related technologies in the Czech Republic. He contributed HTML Help support to DocBook XSL stylesheets.

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Michelle Kraus
Michelle Kraus is a software industry entrepreneur, executive and advisor. Over the last 19 years, she has carved out new territory for high tech developers and businesses. Dr. Kraus is an experienced operating executive with two decades of experience. She has been closely involved in defining new business strategies and supporting product roadmaps. Most recently, she was the founding CEO of OpenSales (Zelerate) that developed back-end architecture and Linux retail server solutions for the enterprise. Over the last two years, Michelle has acted as a strategic advisor to a portfolio of start-ups and mid-stage companies involved in open and collaborative business models. Her portfolio is focused on Linux server technologies, wireless infrastructure, enterprise communications infrastructure, embedded devices, and privacy. Dr. Kraus writes monthly on emerging open and collaborative business models. She also speaks frequently, and moderates panels on investments in new business models and technologies for open source, and is active in program development for BALUG.

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Frank Kromann
Frank M. Kromann is Senior Software Developer at FrontBase, working on PHP drivers and applications on several different platforms. He is a member of the PHP development team.

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K. Ari Krupnikov
Mr. Krupnikov has worked extensively with relational databases, including Oracle, DB2, SQL Server and Postgres on systems ranging from IBM System/370 to Linux. He has been involved in XML since 1999. He has published open source XML software. A veteran of several startups, he got his professional start with an elite computer unit of the Israeli Defense Forces. Mr. Krupnikov now divides his time between Scotland, where his research at the University of Edinburgh is focused on applications of XML Schema in object-oriented and relational programming, and independent consulting in California.

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Bradley M. Kuhn
Bradley M. Kuhn currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer of the Software Freedom Law Center. During most of the 1990s, he worked as a system administrator and software development consultant on Free Software systems for both small and large companies. In early 2000, he was hired to work for FSF, and he served as its Executive Director from March 2001 until March 2005. Kuhn holds a summa cum laude B.S. in Computer Science from Loyola College in Maryland, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati.

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Pavel Kulchenko
Pavel Kulchenko has over 10 years of experience in design and development of complex financial and banking applications, and information management in the financial services sector.

Pavel is the author and maintainer of the popular SOAP::Lite module for SOAP clients and servers in Perl, the XMLRPC::Lite module that implements XML-RPC protocol, and the UDDI::Lite module, a client interface for UDDI repositories.

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Randy Kunkee
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Dan Kuykendall
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Michel Lambert
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Steve Landers
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Hemang Lavana
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Karl Lehenbauer
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Dr. Urban A. LeJeune
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Manuel Lemos
Manuel Lemos graduated in 1994, in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering at the Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal.

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Kevin Lenzo
Kevin A. Lenzo is faculty at the Institute for Software Research International at Carnegie Mellon University and co-founder of Cepstral, LLC, a company offering voice building services on top of free software synthesis engines. He has over a decade of experience on speech research in academia and industry. At CMU, he is currently steward of the Sphinx open source initiative. He the author of the Infobot interactive agent. His is co-author of the forthcoming O'Reilly book "Building Synthetic Voices". He is president and founder of Yet Another Society, a non-profit organization for the adancements of collaborative efforts in computer and information science and the parent organization of the Yet Another Perl Conferences.

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Rasmus Lerdorf
Rasmus Lerdorf is known for having gotten the PHP project off the ground in 1995, the mod_info Apache module, and he can be blamed for the ANSI92 SQL-defying LIMIT clause in mSQL 1.x which has now, at least conceptually, crept into both MySQL and PostgreSQL.

Prior to joining Yahoo! as an infrastructure engineer in 2002, he was at a string of companies including Linuxcare, IBM, and Bell Canada working on internet technologies.

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Jean-Louis Leroy
Jean-Louis Leroy is the original author of Tangram, an object-relational mapper developed as part of the Belgian Appeal Court automation project.

Leroy is now a partner in Sound Object Logic, a company specializing in object-oriented technologies in general, and in Tangram-related services in particular.

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Gerald Lester
Gerald Lester is a senior consultant with Computerized Processes Unlimited's Plant Application Integration Business Unit. Besides advising unit members in the intricacies of Tcl/Tk, he also is one of the chief architectures of the software framework that is being used by the group. Gerald has been involved with Tcl/Tk since the early 1990s and was chairman of the Second Annual Tcl/Tk Workshop. From 1994 though 1998 he was in charge of CPU's Training Department and conducted Tcl/Tk classes world-wide.

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Yancy Lind
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Ray Lischner
Ray Lischner is a professional goof-off, striving to perfect the art of evading gainful employment. He is the author of C++ in a Nutshell and other books and articles about programming. When he has the free time, he teaches computer science at Oregon State University.

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Ransom Love
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Maria Lupetini
Maria Lupetini works for Ameritege Technology Partners, www.ameritege.com, a San Diego based software development outsourcing corporation. There she is VP of Business Development. Maria has over fifteen years of experience in managing technical and analytical engagements for Fortune 500 companies. Her systems background includes efforts in XML, Java, and Oracle. She will be co-presenting with Petr Cimprich, Ph.D. from the Ginger Alliance, a European affiliate of Ameritege Technology Partners.

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Mark Lutz
Mark Lutz is a Python trainer, writer, and software developer, and is one of the primary figures in the Python community. He is the author of the O'Reilly books Programming Python and Python Pocket Reference, and co-author of Learning Python. Lutz’s involvement with Python started in 1992, and he began teaching Python classes in 1997. Visit Lutz at www.rmi.net/~lutz.

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Doug MacEachern
Doug is the CTO and Co-Founder of Hyperic Inc. He is also known for creating mod_perl and Author of "Writing Apache Modules in Perl and C". Doug's been involved in the open source community from his participation in the Apache Software Foundation, as well as spearheading efforts around open source at Hyperic and at Covalent Technologies. He currently spends his time working on the Hyperic Plugin framework, helping build out the HQ community, and working with Hyperic partners and customers extending HQ's management capabilities in new and exciting directions. A native of Topsfield, MA, Doug and his wife now live in San Francisco, CA.

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Dr. Tim Maher
Since 1982, Tim Maher has taught many thousands of software professionals to program in C, C++, Shell, Awk, and Perl on behalf of major UNIX vendors and Consultix. He's a CPAN author, a frequent speaker at Perl conferences, and a White Camel award winner. He'd rather be programming in Visual Awk or Awk++, but Perl comes pretty close.

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Bruce Martin

Bruce is one of the pioneers of distributed object computing. At Hewlett Packard Laboratories in the early 90s, he designed and implemented an interface definition language that became the basis for HP's original CORBA submission. At Sun Microsystems, he was one of Sun's CORBA architects and was the primary author of five of the OMG's CORBA Services specifications. At Inprise Corporation, Bruce was an architect and developer of Inprise's first CORBA-based Java Application Server. Bruce has extensive practical experience with Java, XML and the DOM.

Bruce is now a Senior Consultant at Customware. He teaches courses in distributed computing, J2EE, Application Servers and XML based B2B. He manages extensive FAQs at jGuru for XML and CORBA.

Bruce is championing xbeans.org, an open-source project to create a repository of Java Beans that process XML and can be easily composed into distributed applications.

Bruce has an excellent ability to convey both the conceptual basis of a technology and the practical nuts and bolts use of it. He has given talks around the world on distributed systems, advanced transaction models, object oriented programming, XML and distributed object technologies at both academic conferences and industrial events. Bruce has written many papers for conferences, journals, and books.

Bruce received Ph.D. and Masters degrees in Computer Science from the University of California at San Diego, and a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Thomas J. Mather
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Jason W. May
Jason May is a founder and CTO of on-line payments firm Billpoint, which is majority-owner by leading Internet auction site eBay and minority-owned by Wells Fargo Bank, the industry leader in on-line banking services. The Billpoint payment platform is a complex, multi-tier transaction-processing system written almost entirely in Perl.

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Neil McKay
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Michael McLennan
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Jim McQuillan
Jim McQuillan has been developing solutions for customers, utilizing Unix and networking since 1984 and has been involved with Linux since 1995. Additionally, he is the founder of the Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP), an open source project which has received world wide recognition as the standard method of deploying Thin clients in a GNU/Linux environment.

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Graeme Merrall
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Brent Michalski
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Trent Mick
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Patrick J. Miller
Patrick Miller has over twenty years of experience in high performance and parallel computing, and he has been a devoted lover of Python for the last six. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Davis in runtime error detection/correction. He currently works at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and lectures in distributed programming at the University of San Francisco. He has research interests in parallel computation, parallel languages, high efficiency interpreters, and debuggers. He previously developed compilers and interpreters for the SISAL parallel language project and more recently developed a distributed, parallel Python implementation (pyMPI) and various Python to C++ translators.

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W. Phillip Moore
W. Phillip Moore recently left Morgan Stanley, where he was executive director of UNIX Engineering. There, Moore was a senior architect, responsible for the evolution of the firm's UNIX/Linux infrastructure. With over 15 years of experience deploying solutions to problems of extreme scalability, his past accomplishments include the deployment of Morgan Stanley's Perl development environment, global filesystem (AFS), and transactional messaging infrastructure (MQSeries). He is the original author of the MQSeries suite of Perl modules, and a member of the OpenAFS Advisory Council.

Moore left Morgan Stanley to more fully participate in the open source community. He is an open source advocate and enterprise technology consultant.

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Eric Lease Morgan
Eric is a librarian who first started using the Internet in 1989 through his 2400 baud modem and Unix shell account. Since then he as always considered himself to be a librarian first and a computer user second. His professional goal is to discover new ways to use computers to provide better library and knowledge services. To these ends, he has created many information services using the popular (and even less popular) Internet and computing protocols. Applied research and development has included investigations in traditional library science, digital libraries, information retrieval, and human-computer interaction. Some of his more successful implementations have been a systematic process for collecting electronic magazines, indexes to subject-related networked information, catalogs of electronic texts, CGI scripts for sending email, and customizable interfaces to collections of Internet resources. He has a BA in Philosophy from Bethany College, Bethany, WV (1982), and an MIS from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA (1987). In his spare time, he has been seen folding defective floppy disks into intricate origami flora and fauna. For more information see http://www.infomotions.com/.

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Sean Moriarty
Sean Moriarty is the Executive Vice President of Technology for Ticketmaster and is responsible for guiding the company's web technology strategy across all business units. He joined citysearch.com in January 1997 as a member of the cityguide technology team and has served TMCS as the Director of Internet Systems for citysearch.com and Vice President of Internet Systems for citysearch.com and ticketmaster.com. Prior to TMCS, Moriarty worked for The University of South Carolina, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, where he was responsible for online collection cataloguing. He is a member of Akamai's Customer Advisory Board and Infoworld's CTO Advisory Board, and serves on the technology advisory boards of Jamcracker and NOCPulse, leading web technology startups. Moriarty received his bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina, was an Exchange Fellow at the University of Warwick, Coventry UK, and attended graduate school at Boston University and the University of South Carolina.

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brian moseley
Brian Moseley is the lead engineer for Cosmo and Scooby, OSAF's calendar server projects. He has previously worked for such open source friends as Critical Path and Covalent Technologies, where he built web applications in Perl, PHP, and Java. You might have encountered him at past conferences drinking beer with the mod_perl crew. He lives in San Francisco, which continues to be his home base despite sojourns in Oakland, Brooklyn, and Melbourne, Australia.

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Craig Mundie
As senior vice president of Advanced Strategies, Craig Mundie reports to Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates and works with him on developing a comprehensive set of technical, business and policy strategies for Microsoft Corp. Mundie’s role includes coordination of aspects of these strategies where their implementation spans multiple Microsoft product groups. Mundie focuses on Internet-scale platform architectures, the definition of consumer computing experiences as part of the Microsoft® .NET initiatives, and technical and policy issues surrounding critical infrastructure protection.

From 1992 until November 1998, Mundie ran the Consumer Platforms Division at Microsoft, which he formed to develop the company’s non-PC platform and service offerings. These included the Windows® CE operating system; the Handheld, Pocket and Auto PCs; and early cellular telephony products. Mundie also started Microsoft’s digital TV efforts and acquired and managed the WebTV Networks, Inc., subsidiary.

Mundie represents Microsoft in Washington, D.C., in policy-related activities including critical infrastructure security, encryption and telecom regulation. Mundie also is responsible for coordinating technical standards policy and participation across all Microsoft business divisions. In August 2000, President Clinton named Mundie to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. The committee was formed in 1982 to advise the White House on issues affecting the security of the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure. This year, the White House is expanding the group of top industry executives to include key companies involved in computer software and data communications, in recognition of the fact that the Internet has made military and civil infrastructures susceptible to both accidental and intentional disruption.

Mundie was a co-founder of Alliant Computer Systems Corp., a company that developed massively parallel supercomputers, and was its CEO before joining Microsoft in 1992. Before Alliant, Mundie worked at Data General Corp. Hired in 1972 as a software developer, he wrote the first commercial disk operating system for the Data General NOVA. He also managed the development of database management software, operating systems and compiler software. Just before leaving Data General, Mundie was director of its advanced development facility in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Mundie attended the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in information theory and computer science.

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Grant J. Munsey
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Eric Murphy
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Chris Nandor
Chris Nandor has been a programmer for Slashdot since 2000, and has written numerous Perl modules and articles, and has contributed to several Perl books. He maintains the Perl community web site, use Perl;.

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Andy Neely
Andy Neely is a founder of and the VP of Technical Operations for Front Range Internet Inc., one of the largest ISPs serving the Colorado area. Neely is responsible for the design, deployment and operation of the company's architecture. Neely builds a wide range of cost-effective FreeBSD servers to provide the variety of services the company offers to its customers.

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Shane O'Donnell
Frustrated with the expensive bloatware in the commercial network management marketplace, Shane O'Donnell, along with a crack team of developers, built and promoted an alternative--OpenNMS. O'Donnell served as OpenNMS project manager and chief architect through May 2002, and continues to serve in his role as CTO with Oculan Corporation. Shane holds an M.S. in Computer Science.

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Michael Olson
Michael A. Olson is the President and CEO at Sleepycat Software, Inc. Sleepycat Software develops, distributes, and supports Berkeley DB, the Open Source embedded database system. Mike is closely involved with Sleepycat's efforts to sell Berkeley DB into the rapidly-emerging market for embedded devices like palmtop and set-top computers, telecommunications switches, and wireless networking infrastructure. Mike was one of the original developers of both Berkeley DB and the Postgres database at the University of California at Berkeley.

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J. Michael Owen
Mike Owen is a computational physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, currently working in A Division. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy in 1997 from Ohio State University, where he studied the formation of galaxies and large scale structure in cosmological scenarios using numerical simulations. This project represents a continuation of that research.

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Alexander "Sasha" Pachev
Sasha Pachev is the lead developer for MySQL replication. He is well known in the MySQL community for his in-depth expertise in MySQL technicalities. He has a degree in Computer Science from Brigham Young University. Sasha lives in Provo, Utah, developing MySQL out of his home office, as does everyone on the MySQL team.

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Jon Parise
Jon Parise is a full-time student studying Information Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Jon has worked for multiple ISP's as a system administrator, and also helped found a new internet venture focusing on free web-based application services, serving as the company's initial principal systems architect.

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Robert G. Parker
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Russell C. Pavlicek
Long a proponent of Linux as a business tool, Russell Pavlicek is currently a Senior Linux Architect for autonomic computing innovator Cassatt Corporation. He is a panelist on The Linux Show weekly webcast and a contributor to a number of Linux websites. He was a regular Open Source columnist for InfoWorld and Processor magazines. A Linux user since 1995, Pavlicek wrote one of the first books to explain the value of the open source movement.

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Bryan Pellom
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Bruce Perens
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Tom Phoenix
Since 1982, Tom Phoenix has been working in the field of education. After more than thirteen years of dissections, explosions, interesting animals, and high-voltage sparks during his work at a science museum, he started teaching Perl classes for Stonehenge Consulting Services, where he's worked since 1996. Since then, he's been traveling to any number of interesting locations, so you might see him soon at a Perl Mongers' meeting. When he has time, he answers questions on Usenet's comp.lang.perl.misc and comp.lang.perl.moderated newsgroups, and contributes to the development and usefulness of Perl. Besides his work with Perl, Perl hackers, and related topics, he spends his time on amateur cryptography and speaking Esperanto. His home is in Portland, Oregon.

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Joe Picone
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Jeff Pinyan
Jeff "japhy" Pinyan is a sophomore at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, NY. He's taking a semester off to work at RiskMetrics Group, Inc., a financial software development firm on Wall St. He's been programming in Perl for four years; he's written articles for PerlMonth.com, PerlGuru.com, and The Perl Journal. He's a regular on DALnet #perl and makes occasional cameos on EFnet #perl.

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Dr. Larry Ponemon
Dr. Larry Ponemon is a consultant and director of PrivacyRight. Prior to that he was a founding partner to PwC’s Risk Mangement privacy practice. He is a pioneer in the development of privacy risk management, auditing, and self-regulatory initiatives for companies in financial services, healthcare, e-business and telecommunications. As a leading privacy authority, Larry was appointed to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Advisory Committee for Online Privacy. In addition to privacy, he has an extensive background working with senior executives and boards of public companies on compliance management and corporate governance issues. Larry has also served in a number of leadership positions in business and education, and participates in several associations, including a role as Founding Board Member of the Personalization Consortium, where he is Chairman of the Privacy and Ethical Information Practices Committee. Larry is a noted author of more than 50 published articles and four books. As a frequent speaker and commentator on privacy, his insights have been featured by top media outlets such as CNN, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Associated Press, USA Today, The Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, Business 2.0, CIO, The Industry Standard, Darwin, Computerworld, Upside and Management Accounting. Ray Everett-Church is an internationally recognized expert on high-tech law and policy. In 1999, he was appointed as the world's first Chief Privacy Officer by the Internet infomediary firm AllAdvantage.com, cited by C/Net News as one of the top 10 most important privacy-related developments of 2000. As a founder of PrivacyClue LLC, a privacy-oriented consultancy, he advises an array of high-profile e-commerce and online marketing ventures in developing policies and procedures that are consistent with existing laws, prevailing consumer attitudes, and acceptable industry practices. Called the "dean of corporate privacy officers," he is a well-known lobbyist on technology policy issues and advises firms on legislative and regulatory issues affecting e-commerce

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Bill Portelli
Bill Portelli joined CollabNet as President and CEO in October 1999 from Cadence Design Systems (NYSE:CDN ), the $1.2B world-leading supplier of electronic design automation software and services. At Cadence, Bill most recently held the position of Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Cadence's Worldwide Consulting Services. In this role he had World Wide responsibility for product development, delivery, marketing, sales and all other operational business functions. In his 18 months in this position, Portelli grew his team to 600 consultants at an annual revenue growth rate of well over 100%. Cadence's Consulting Services help the world's largest Integrated Circuit (IC) developers create world-class design flows for the development, data management, exchange, and integration of hardware and software IP. From May 1997 to March 1998, prior to running Cadence's Worldwide Consulting Services, Portelli was Vice President and GM of Cadence's Custom IC Business Unit. Portelli was part of Cooper & Chyan Technology (CCT) when it was acquired by Cadence in May 1997. At CCT, he was Executive Vice President of sales and marketing and also an Officer of the Company. Portelli was also directly responsible for acquisitions and the management of all strategic partnerships. During his two years, CCT experienced annual revenue gains of over 80%. Before joining CCT in 1995, Portelli was an Officer of Zycad Corporation. During his 12 years at Zycad, Portelli held a number of management positions including Vice President and General Manager of the Rapid Prototyping and Services Division and Vice President of worldwide sales. Just prior to Zycad, Bill spent 5 years at General Instrument performing hardware and software design for flash memories and networking ICs. Portelli received a BSEE from Rutgers University in 1979.

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Don Porter
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Spyros Potamianos
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Patrick Powell
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Antoine Quint
Antoine Quint is an independent SVG consultant also participating in the W3C SVG Working Group as an invited expert. He lives with his über-cat Stig Elmer and has a book in the works with his pal Robin Berjon.

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Nisheeth Ranjan
Nisheeth Ranjan is the Technical Manager of XML & DOM in the Netscape browser division. He is also the module owner of XML in Mozilla. He joined Netscape almost four years ago after finishing a BS in Computer Science from Cornell University. During his first three years at Netscape, he worked as a software engineer on the old layout engine that shipped in several Netscape 4.x browser releases and the new Gecko layout engine that shipped in the Netscape 6 browser. While at Netscape, he has represented the company in the CSS, XSLT, and XML Query working groups of the W3C standards committee.

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Randy Ray
Randy J. Ray is a long-time member of the Perl community and the author of several CPAN modules, including an XML-RPC implementation. He is also the co-author of Programming Web Services With Perl (O'Reilly). He has been developing in Perl for 13 years and web technologies for ten.

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Carl Reed
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Gerald Richter
Gerald Richter is a consultant for Apache/mod_perl/Embperl, and a programmer (among others Perl and C/C++). He is also a system adminstrator in a mixed Unix/NT/Novell environment, and the author of HTML::Embperl.

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Kirrily "Skud" Robert
Kirrily Robert, commonly called "Skud", answers to the job title of "General Specialist" at e-smith, inc. Her work has included Perl development, training, writing, software design, project management, and more. She is currently adjusting to Canadian life (and weather) after moving to Ottawa from Melbourne, Australia early this year.

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Michel Rodriguez
Michel Rodriguez is a Perl and XML consultant for the IEEE Standard. He has been involved in all sorts of SGML/XML endeavors in the last 8 years, from a huge SGML workbench for the aerospace industry to the XML::Twig Perl module, including developing an SGML transformation language with an SGML syntax. He has been using Perl for the past 4 years and he is still amazed at how much fun it brought back into programming.

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David Rolsky
Dave Rolsky is an author and consultant specializing in Perl. Embedding Perl in HTML with Mason, which he co-authored with Ken Williams, was published by O'Reilly & Associates in November 2002. He is the author of numerous CPAN modules. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Wayne Rosing
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Gavin M. Roy
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Jaron Rubenstein
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Alexander I. Rudnicky
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Philip C. Rueppel
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Phil Ruppel
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Gagan Saksena
Gagan Saksena is the Technical Manager for the networking and image library team for the browser at Netscape Communications Corp. He designed and developed the core of the networking library in Mozilla, specially the HTTP protocol handler implementation. Prior to this he worked on networking library of 4.x versions of Netscape browsers. He received Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.

In his spare time he researches cool new technologies, enjoys Pink Floyd and hacks in Python.

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Andreas Schaefer
Andreas Schaefer is a Senior Consultant for JBoss Group LLC (www.jboss.org) developing on the core of JBoss as well as helping customer to take the most out of the JBoss application server. Working in Switzerland as a developer and consultant for more than 10 years, Andreas found the perfect platform in Java to develop software. Later J2EE gave him the opportunity to bring all his knowledge together to create modular and extensible applications for the fast paced web with the need to integrate legacy systems. After the open source application server JBoss drew his attention, he began developing on JBoss and using it as a preferred application server and reference platform. He is a co-author of the upcoming JMX book by Juha Lindfors and member of the JSR-77 expert group.

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Eric Schmidt

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin recruited Eric Schmidt from Novell, where he led that company's strategic planning, management and technology development as chairman and CEO. Since coming to Google, Eric has focused on building the corporate infrastructure needed to maintain Google's rapid growth as a company and on ensuring that quality remains high while product development cycle times are kept to a minimum.

Along with Page and Brin, Schmidt shares responsibility for Google's day-to-day operations. His Novell experience culminated a 20-year record of achievement as an Internet strategist, entrepreneur and developer of great technologies. His well-seasoned perspective perfectly complements Google's needs as a young and rapidly growing search engine with a unique corporate culture.

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Roland Schmidt
Roland Schmidt is a senior manager and technical leader with over 16 years of experience in the systems and software engineering business. Prior to co-founding Contec Innovations, Schmidt owned and operated a successful consulting business based in Vancouver, Canada and Frankfurt, Germany that focused on Internet security and telecommunication gateway solutions. He has successfully led a diverse set of software development and consulting projects for the Telecommunications and Information Technology industries.

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Stephan Scholze
Stephan Scholze made his first experience with Tcl/Tk in 1996 during an industrial internship. After receiving his diploma in physics in 1998 at Stuttgart University, he worked as a UNIX system consultant and Tcl/Tk software developer. He is currently a PhD student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich/Switzerland, where he carries out research in the field of computer vision and artificial intelligence.

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Sasha Schumann
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Randal L. Schwartz
Randal L. Schwartz is a two-decade veteran of the software industry--skilled in software design, system administration, security, technical writing, and training. He has co-authored the "must-have" standards: Programming Perl, Learning Perl, Learning Perl Objects, References, and Modules, and Effective Perl Programming, as well as writing regular columns for several magazines. His offbeat humor and technical mastery have reached legendary proportions worldwide (but he probably started some of those legends himself). Since 1985, Randal has owned and operated Stonehenge Consulting Services, Inc.

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David Schweikert
David Schweikert works at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology as system administrator, where he tries to automate everything with perl scripts. He is a developer of Gedafe, the Generic Database Front-End and is the maintainer of SEPP, a software deployment system. David enjoys reading science fiction and listening to music ranging from classical to hard rock.

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Michael G. Schwern
Michael G Schwern has authored and maintained more Perl modules than he can remember, and some we'd all like to forget. Test::More, Test::Inline, Exporter::Lite, Class::DBI, Class::Accessor and Sex.pm are some of his creations while ExtUtils::MakeMaker and Test::Harness are under his maintenance. Due to clerical oversight, Michael is the Perl 1 Pumpkin King.

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Tony Scott
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Tres Seaver
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Gene Selkov
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Matt Sergeant
Matt Sergeant writes anti-spam software for MessageLabs. Prior to that he hacked on SpamAssassin for a bit. In 2002 he received the ActiveState Programmers Choice Award for both Perl and XSLT (presumably for filling CPAN up with modules related to XML). Sergeant lives at home in Gloucester with his wife Heather and menagerie of pets.

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Dr. Richard Sevenich
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Richard D. Shank
Richard started programming in high school after seeing some graphics work his younger had done in elementary school. His first "commercial" programming was modifying a sports statistics program for the high school. He went on to write a programming utility for the Tandy Color Computer called Double Stroke during his senior year of high school. Most of Richard's work has been freelance projects for various companies. Richard is currently developing a futuristic racing game using the open source Crystal Space game engine.

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Mike Shaver
Mike Shaver is a co-founder of the Mozilla project, and leads the Mozilla Corporation's work to support the developer ecosystem that has grown up around Firefox and Mozilla technologies. A veteran of open source development, Mike has worked on code at virtually every level of the open source application stack, ranging from the Linux kernel and Lustre clustered filesystem to Mozilla's Gecko layout engine and even, when he was younger and didn't know better, some CORBA infrastructure.

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Debra J. Siquieros
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Aaron Skonnard
Aaron Skonnard is an instructor/researcher at DevelopMentor, where he develops the XML and Web service-related curriculum. Skonnard coauthored Essential XML Quick Reference, and Essential XML, both published by Addison Wesley. Skonnard also writes "The XML Files" column for MSDN Magazine and speaks at various XML-related conferences. Get in touch with him at skonnard.com.

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James G. Smith
James Smith graduated from Texas A&M University in the spring of 2000 with a B.S. in Math and Physics. He is currently working for TAMU as a system administrator and programmer (unix) focusing on the central E-Mail system, directory service, and helping research and develop a public key infrastructure for TAMU.

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Michael Smith
Michael Smith maintains the xml-doc mailing list and writes for xmlhack.

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Simon St.Laurent
Simon St. Laurent is an XML-focused computer book author and editor living in Ithaca, NY. His books include XML: A Primer, XML Elements of Style, and Programming Web Services with XML-RPC. He is a contributing editor to XMLhack.com and an occasional contributor to XML.com.

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Bob Stayton
Bob Stayton is the principal consultant of SageHill Enterprises, an independent center for DocBook development and implementation. He has been engaged in computer-based publishing since 1980, starting with WordStar and a daisy wheel printer, progressing to desktop publishing and laser printers, and now implementing XML-based publishing systems for multiple output formats. As Architect of Technical Publications at The SCO Group from 1989 to 2003, Bob designed and implemented computer-based publishing systems for technical documentation. Bob is a member of the OASIS DocBook Technical Committee that develops and maintains the DocBook DTD standard. Bob is also a member of the technical team for the DocBook Open Repository Project on SourceForge that develops the stylesheets and other tools. He is the author of DocBook XSL: The Complete Guide, published by Sagehill Enterprises.

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Lincoln D. Stein
Lincoln Stein was a hospital pathologist until he saw the light and joined the bioinformatics revolution. He learned the tricks of the trade in Eric Lander's lab at the MIT Genome Center, before striking off on his own at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He is now an associate professor at CSHL and runs a lab, the main interest of which is in integrative databases for biological sciences.

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Stuart Steiner
Stuart Steiner has a Masters Degree in Computer Science and is an Instructor at Eastern Washington University, where he teaches Computer Science courses. He has done Linux related consulting for L.A. Boone & Co of Cheney WA. His interests are spending time with his family, biking, and embedded Linux.

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Jon S. Stevens
Jon Stevens is a recognized expert on integrating the Java language with Apache Web server software, is a founding member of the Open Source Java Apache and Jakarta Apache Projects, and frequently speaks at trade conferences. He currently is working on an Open Source Issue/Bug tracking system for Collab.Net that is based on the Java Apache technologies he helped develop. Before coming to Collab.Net, he was one of the 3 founding members of Clear Ink Corporation, a Creative Internet Strategy company.

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Peter Stoltz
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Daini Xie Strathy
Daini Xie Strathy is the president of Munica Corporation, a software company in Montreal, Canada. Daini has developed several software titles such as FormPAL a fast-track Web form creator, NetSQL database server and DataDiplomat Web database application creator. Daini is presently working on a transaction management system to simplify the development of Web applications that require transaction support in a concurrent environment.

Prior to setting up Munica, Daini was a software developer with Corel Corporation, Ottawa, Canada. Daini has a Master degree in computer science from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada and a Bachelor degree in Engineering from Beijing University of Post and Telecommunication, Beijing, People’s Republic of China. She lives with her husband Nick in Montreal, Canada.

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David Stutz
David Stutz has been a professional musician since boyhood. Despite this impediment, he has also managed to actively participate in the evolution of a number of computer languages, programming models, and developer tools - most recently Microsoft's "Rotor" project. As a software architect and kibitzer, he has been involved in the early design stage of many technologies, including software component models, systems, database products, network protocols, and a whole lot of other hard-to-categorize plumbing. Despite repeated attempts to go clean, he remains obsessively attracted to distributed systems, winegrape growing, and the mechanisms of biology.

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Dan Sugalski
Dan Sugalski is the lead designer and alleged head of the Parrot project, tasked with designing the world's fastest and most full-featured z-code capable virtual machine. (It will also run Perl 5, Perl 6, Ruby, and Python code for extra flexibility in text gaming) He's been at this for near four years with no sign of land yet, though as long as he avoids the dragons he figures things can't be too bad.

He's also been a long-time contributor to Perl 5, for a while handling much of the VMS Perl port, tried very hard to get the original Perl threading model working, and has written more than a dozen XS-only Perl modules, all of which likely explain this bio.

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Zeev Suraski
Zeev Suraski is a co-founder of Zend Technologies and leading contributor of PHP. Zeev spearheaded the PHP 4 project, and developed some of the principal extensions of PHP. Today Zeev leads the definition of Zend's commercial products, and works with key customers on large scale and advanced PHP-based deployments.

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Paul Tanenbaum
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Rick Tatem
Rick Tatem is a Systems Programmer in the Information Systems Division of SAS Institute, the world's largest privately held software company. Tatem has been a Perl devotee for nearly 10 years, using it on a wide variety of systems from high-end UNIX servers to a souped-up Atari 520ST. The evolution of the business-computing environment has moved Rick from the UNIX world to that of Windows NT. This has proven itself to be an opportunity for Rick to evangelize the use of Perl to those who, some may say, need it the most. Rick's team, MDR - Messaging and Directory Resources, oversee a Microsoft Exchange environment serving more than 10,000 employees on more than 50 servers across 14 sites around the world. Tatem holds a B.S in Mathematics from N.C. State University.

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James Tauber
James Tauber is the director of XML technology at Bowstreet. Tauber was recently named by Network World as one of the 75 most influential people in networking. A participant in the W3C’s XML activity from the beginning, Tauber continues to be involved in the development of Web services standards. James is also a well-known open source developer. He maintains a number of XML-related sites, including xmlsoftware.com and frequently presents on XML and Web services topics

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Laura Thomson
Laura Thomson is a Principal at OmniTI, a consultancy specializing in scalable internet systems design and development. Laura came to OmniTI from Australia, bringing more than ten years experience in web development, IT consulting, and research. She is the co-author of the best-selling "PHP and MySQL Web Development" (Sams Publishing) and "MySQL Tutorial" (MySQL Press), and has spoken at many conferences worldwide.

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Doug Tidwell
Doug Tidwell is a Senior Software Engineer at IBM. He was a speaker at the first XML conference in 1997, and has spoken on technical topics around the world. He works in IBM’s Software Strategy group, evangelizing emerging XML standards such as XForms, SCA and SDO.

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Michael Tiemann

Michael Tiemann is a true open source software pioneer. His first major open source contributions included ports of and enhancements to GCC and GDB as well as the original authorship of the GNU C++ compiler, the world's first native-code C++ compiler. In 1989, Michael's technical successes and entreprenurial spirit led him to co-found Cygnus Solutions, the first company to provide commercial support for open source software. During his ten years at Cygnus, Michael contributed in a number of roles from President to hacker, helping to lead the company from a fledgling start-up to an admired open source leader.

Michael is now Red Hat's Vice President of Open Source Affairs. In this role, Michael integrates and informs technology and open source strategies for Red Hat and its strategic partners and customers in the public and private sectors. In addition to his responsibilities at Red Hat, Michael serves on a number of boards, including the Open Source Initiative (where he is also President), the eclipse.org project, and the GNOME Foundation. Michael also provides support to organizations that further the goals of software freedom, including the Free Software Foundation and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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John Tigue
John Tigue received a B.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins. After a few years contract programming and engineering, he visited Microsoft in the Windows NT Program Management Group where he eventually became the first BackOffice Developer. Since Microsoft he has been involved with software start-ups. While Senior Software Architect at DataChannel, he became active in standards body work. He was on the W3C Working Group which wrote XML 1.0. He was the author of the WebBroker Note which was an early precursor to the current W3C XML Protocol Activity. Tigue is currently consulting on XML-based Web applications.

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Michael S. Toth
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Manolis Tsangaris
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Rich Tucker
Rich Tucker has been developing software for the past 20 years. For the last 15 years he has been involved in designing and developing commercial database engines. With his vast knowledge of how databases work, Rich is the key developer in the Open Source Gemini project for MySQL.

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Gever Tulley
Gever holds the deliberately ambiguous title of Computer Scientist in the Experience Design sub-group of the User Experience group at Adobe Systems Incorporated. In this capacity, he explores solutions to the problem of design fidelity through conception to deployment. Most recently he was a key member of the team which deployed the Tour of California web experience. In just six weeks from design to live coverage of an event, which boasts the largest cumulative attendance in California history, the Tour Tracker incorporated services from Adobe, Flickr, Yahoo, Akamai, and CSC in one giant fault-tolerant mashup.

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Arthur Tyde
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Judson Valeski
Judson Valeski is currently employed as an engineering manager by Netscape. He began developing software for Netscape in January, 1997, in the Networking Library group. His primary Mozilla involvement has been in the initial Networking Library (necko) implementation, and in early 2000, he began working on the Mozilla embedding effort

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Eric van der Vlist
Eric van der Vlist is a consultant and contributing editor for xmlhack and XML.com and author of the O'Reilly books RELAX NG and XML Schema.

He has created and maintains XMLfr, a French portal dedicated to XML and is the editor of the ISO/DSDL Part 10 specification in progress: Validation Management.

van der Vlist is a seasoned software engineer and active contributor to XML and XSL mailing lists. He is one of the authors of the RSS 1.0 proposal and the creator of examplotron and XSLTunit.

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Guido van Rossum
Guido van Rossum is the creator of Python, one of the major programming languages on and off the web. The Python community refers to him as the BDFL (Benevolent Dictator For Life), a title straight from a Monty Python skit.

He moved from the Netherlands to the USA in 1995, where he met his wife. Until July 2003 they lived in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC with their son Orlijn, who was born in 2001. They then moved to Silicon Valley where Guido now works for Google (spending 50% of his time on Python!).

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Hal Varian
Hal Varian is an Economist and Dean of the School of Information Management and Systems at University of California at Berkeley. He is co co-author of "Information Rules" (Harvard Business Press).

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Andrej Vckovski
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David Vice
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Larry Wall
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Nathan Wallace
Nathan Wallace has spent the last two years running Synop, a PHP development company. He built and maintains the PHP Knowledge Base as part of http://www.faqts.com. After 18 months of development and refinement, Synop is in the release process for a number of large PHP applications.

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Andy Wardley
Andy Wardley is the author of several CPAN modules, including the Template Toolkit. He is one of the authors of the O'Reilly "badger" book, Perl Template Toolkit, and a regular speaker at the Open Source Convention. He is currently working for Fotango, developing version 3 of the Template Toolkit and other related software.

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Neil Watkiss
Neil Watkiss is a developer at ActiveState. He is the maintainer of Inline::Python and Inline::CPP. At ActiveState, Neil works on the RegEx debugger.

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Aaron Watters
Aaron Watters is Technical Officer for ReportLab Incorporated. He has worked as a consultant with many organizations, including Lucent, Sarnoff, and AmericanGreetings.com. He also has worked as a researcher and developer at Bell Labs and as an assistant professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Aaron implemented the Gadfly free source database engine, the most portable SQL implementation in existence and has contributed many free source Python modules and tools to the Python user community. He is also the primary author for Internet Programming with Python (IDG Books, 1996).

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Paul Weinstein
With MySQL AB, Mr. Weinstein has worldwide responsibility for building and maintaining relationships with the company's wide range of technology and channel partners, as well as corporate development activity. Prior to joining MySQL, he served as VP for worldwide business development and alliances at Check Point Software, VP of business development and international operations for Zone Labs, and SVP sales and marketing at ThinkLink. In addition, Mr. Weinstein has also held senior management positions at Pacific Telesis, MCA/Universal, GTE/Verizon and previously worked as an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions for Alex Brown & Sons.

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Luke Welling
Luke Welling is a Security Analyst at OmniTI. He has been using PHP for nearly ten years. PHP and MySQL Web Development, co-authored with Laura Thomson (Sams 2004), is the best selling open source programming book of all time. He is a regular speaker at open source conferences around the world.

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Paul Welton
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Jim Whitehead
Jim Whitehead is the Chair and Founder of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) working group on Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV), and is a co-author on all major specifications produced by this working group. Jim additionally spearheaded the formation of the DeltaV working group for Web versioning and configuration management, and is a co-author of the DeltaV protocol specification. Jim is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a Ph.D and MS in Information and Computer Science from U.C. Irvine, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Christian Widmer
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John S. Williams
John S. Williams is a Senior Technical Staff Member in the IBM Linux Technology Center. His current work assignment is in the Linux Technology Services group, where he is working to improve the performance, reliability, servicability and supportability of Linux for the Enterprise business class of customers. John has worked for IBM for 23 years in various assignments in software engineering for AIX and OS/2.

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Ken Williams
Ken Williams is a Perl consultant, instructor, and the author of several CPAN modules, including AI::Categorizer, Class::Container, Module::Build, Apache::Filter, and others. Williams is also one of the current developers of HTML::Mason and co-authored the recent O'Reilly book Embedding Perl in HTML with Mason with Dave Rolsky. He also co-authored the Fall 1999 Perl Journal article, "Genetic Algorithms in Perl," with Brad Murray. Williams co-founded the "Ask Dr. Math" service at the Math Forum, which provides lots of questions and answers that need categorization. He is pursuing graduate studies in computer science in Sydney, Australia.

Adds Williams, "My background is in Machine Learning applied to Automatic Text Categorization, and many of the Machine Learning techniques are also applied to problems in Bioinformatics. I have collaborated with some Bioinformatics people on tools common to both fields."

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Jim Winstead
Jim Winstead is a maintenance engineer for MySQL Inc, a member of The Apache Software Foundation, and a member of the PHP Group.

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Simon Wistow
Simon Wistow has a BEng in Computer Sciences from Imperial College, London. He is an active member of London Perl Mongers and was one of the organisers of the YAPC::Europe conference.

He currently has one module (File::Binary) on CPAN with several more languishing on his harddrive waiting to be finished off and polished just after he has a quick go at doing this other thing that looks interesting...

In his spare time he snowboards, scuba dives and prints t-shirts.

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Geoffrey Young
Geoffrey Young is a member of the Apache Software Foundation and a frequent contributor to the mod_perl community. He currently works for Ticketmaster. When not programming or writing, he is busy spending time with his growing family, slowly rebuilding their house a room at a time.

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Sun Jen Yung
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Alexios Zavras
Alexios Zavras has been programming and administrating Unix systems and computer networks for more than twenty years. He is currently working as an independent IT consultant based in Greece, after having collaborated for years with a number of private companies and academic institutions. He studied computer science in Greece and the United States.

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Jeremy D. Zawodny
Jeremy has been with Yahoo! for over six and a half years. His Yahoo! career started with the high-traffic Yahoo! Finance site, where he worked to make MySQL part of the site's core infrastructure in large batch operations, as well as real-time feed processing and serving content directly on the site.

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Edward Zborowski
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Andrei Zmievski
Andrei Zmievski is Chief Architect at Outspark Inc, where he is working on a technology platform for publishing casual online RPG games. In the past he worked on internal tools at Yahoo! Inc., specializing in i18n and infrastructure software, such as PHP and Apache. He is also a core PHP developer, leader of the PHP-GTK project, and a co-author of "PHP Developer's Cookbook" and Smarty templating system. His current focus is the native Unicode support in PHP. In his free time he studies languages and linguistics, goes sailing, and travels to other countries.

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