Aditya Patawari is a Fedora Project contributor and a Linux system administrator at Directi Internet Solutions. He blogs about Linux at blog.adityapatawari.com. Visit adityapatawari.com to know what he is up to.
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Anatoliy Dimitrov is a Bulgarian technical professional with certifications in Linux and PHP/MySQL programming. His major field of expertise is system administration and online security. For the last five years he has lead many freelance projects and occupied senior technical positions in large web hosting companies and payment processors. He writes online tutorials and articles, and is the technical reviewer for the latest Packt book about the popular Yii PHP framework.
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Andrew Back joined BT in June 2005 and has been working with Free Software since 1995. He currently holds the position of Open Source Strategist with BT's open source innovation unit, Osmosoft. During his tenure at BT he has been responsible for driving strategy for the effective adoption of open source technology and principles across all lines of business, the development of open source governance practice and the creation of BT Design's Open Source Focus Group. He represents BT at the Linux Foundation FOSSBazaar work group, is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and is a Chartered Member of the British Computer Society.
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Linux. KDE. Open Source. Refuses to own an iPod. Drives a Mini Cooper. Brad's a Senior Content Engineer at OpenLogic but get this: he's also been a ski patrol guy, basketball coach, line cook, and trainer at HP (for starters). Brad has earned his guru status, and - if you want something done? Folks actually refer to him as the "office do-er of everything". Cooks veggies in all manner of delicious ways, but eats only meat. Able to benchpress any given 17 year old. This guy? Totally deserves the superman logo and if it weren't for that pesky copyright, we'd give it to him. In color.
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Brad Swanson is Founder and Principal Consultant of Propero Solutions. He is a veteran of the software industry with 15 years of experience in executive management, project and program leadership, product management, and software development in both start-ups and large companies. He has led successful agile projects with teams distributed between the US, India, and China. He was an early adopter of agile methodologies, starting with eXtreme Programming as a developer in 1999. Brad is a Certified Scrum Coach, Certified Scrum Master and an active member of the agile software community. In addition to his deep experience with agile methodology, Brad has a long history with software process improvement initiatives. He organized a successful ISO 9001 audit for a 2000-person engineering organization and has led CMM assessments.
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Brian Proffitt is a Linux and Open Source expert who writes for a number of publications. Formerly the Community Manager for Linux.com and the Linux Foundation, he is the author of 19 Linux and Open Source books, and a contributor on The SharePoint Shepherd's Guide for End Users. His online works are read by nearly a half million people on a daily basis.
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Bruce Byfield is a freelance writer who has written more than a thousand articles about free and open source software.
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Cameron Laird has been developing software, especially in the area of data management, and writing about computing subjects, since before SQL existed as a standard. He keeps an eye on data integrity as vice president for boutique development consultancy Phaseit, Inc.
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Carla Schroder is a Linux sysadmin and netadmin, author of The Book of Audacity, Linux Networking Cookbook, Linux Cookbook, and hundreds of how-to articles.
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Christian Einfeldt is an attorney in civil practice in San Francisco who has been using GNU-Linux in his practice since 2001. He provides volunteer sys admin support with Free Open Source Software for schools in San Francisco, California. He is also producing a documentary called the "Digital Tipping Point" about how FOSS is reinventing culture, much like the printing press did in its day.
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Colin Beckingham is a freelance writer and programmer who lives in Eastern Ontario, Canada. He has contributed articles to a number of technology publications, including Linux.com, IBM DeveloperWorks, and SSWUG.
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The content team. Where to begin? On three continents, we write metadata, research licenses, create custom builds, handle certifications and implementations before lunch, and without whining. We organize and edit all the nifty, informative articles on Wazi, too. Between us we own one horse, 10 dogs, 3 cats, a coupla geckos and just under a half-dozen fish. None of them are allowed in the conference room while we're busy maintaining the edge that is OLEX Open Source Content Development.
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Dave's kind of an all-around type of person. His life is full. This is Dave: he was drafted into OpenLogic in December 2006 and as of this moment he's handling technical sales, product manager of content for the OpenLogic Certified Library, and Managing the OpenLogic Expert Community. Yes, that last role is all caps, and we mean it. We're on pins & needles waiting to see what he'll take on next. Did we mention that he plays the trumpet (and the flugelhorn)? Very well, in fact, and regularly. With a symphony. What a guy!
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Despite the fact that Devon is a native Coloradan, he currently codes in the Big Apple where he's a Software Architect. A mountain climber with no mountains (Skyscrapers aren't quite the same...and are off-limits, turns out. Long story.), Devon soothes himself with extra hours at Knewton Inc, an educational software start-up, hacking with his homies over at NYC Resistor, talking to anyone who will listen about the sense and sensibility of using open source licenses formore than just software, and doing his part for digital freedom.
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Dmitry Kaglik, who goes online by the name DarkDuck, is author and owner of Linux Notes from DarkDuck, a blog dedicated to Linux and everything around it. Subscribe here.
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Dru is a network and systems administrator, IT instructor, and technical author. She has over a decade of experience administering and teaching Netware, Microsoft, Cisco, Checkpoint, SCO, Solaris, Linux and BSD systems. A prolific author, she pens the popular FreeBSD Basics column for O'Reilly and is author of BSD Hacks and The Best of FreeBSD Basics. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Open Source Business Resource, a free monthly publication covering open source and the commercialization of open source assets. An intrepid globetrotter, her current experiments include mapping out which airports in the world provide free wireless and looking for eclectic combinations of cuisine.
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Eric Weidner is Senior Development Manager and Co-Founder of OpenLogic. On any given day, you might find him in the server closet re-configuring switches or leading a content team meeting with his trademark laid back style. (We like to call him "Thorazine".) Trained as a mechanical engineer, Eric began his career as a product design engineer and project manager with a small engineering consulting firm where he pioneered the use of emerging web technologies to improve communications with both clients and team members during the project life cycle. He had so much fun that he left CAD systems behind and jumped fulltime into Java and J2EE development. These days, he grooves on the myriad ways that Open Source projects (and people) can be made to play nicely together. If you're ever skiing in Colorado, Eric may be the guy sliding by, on his back, as he works to integrate himself onto Project Snowboard.
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Ernie Park is a senior technology professional specializing in information about free and open source software, license and software usage and proliferation, and the creation and management of FOSS usage policy. He has delivered significant innovations specific to the use and identification of FOSS within enterprise environments, and he is also an advocate for the development and maintenance of policies for the use of FOSS. Currently employed as an independent consultant specializing in software risk management, Ernie is also an active writer and contributor to thought leadership within the FOSS community. His writing can be found on sites including FOSSBazaar, The Open Source blog, and the GPL3 blog.
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Federico Kereki is a Uruguayan systems engineer with more than 20 years of experience developing systems, doing consulting work, and teaching at universities. He currently works with a good jumble of acronyms: GWT, PHP, SOA, REST, AJAX, XML, JSON, and of course FLOSS! He recently wrote Essential GWT for intermediate to advanced programmers.
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Francisco is a long time open source user living in NYC. He works as a database and system administrator using a variety of open source operating systems and programs.
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Freddy supports OpenLogic customers from his home in California. Born in Norway, Freddy has been working in open source for almost 10 years. He drives a Ferrari truck when he isn't running (either for exercise or chasing Cade, his two-year-old, or simply because he's had too much Red Bull).
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Gary Sims has been a technical writer and author since 2003. He is an expert in system administration, networking protocols, and several programming languages, and previously served as a software engineer for 10 years. He has a Bachelor of Science in business information systems from a UK university.
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Raised by a sasquatch tribe in the mountainous wilds of the western United States, Glen learned programming at the knee of his adopted father Grr'ktch. He is now a great fan of scrumilicious methodologies.
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Grant started writing software at the age of 12 when his father assembled a Sinclair ZX-81 in kit form, and he's been hooked on technology ever since. His experience with software development is as deep as it is unique -- he's been a programmer in the South African Army, IT manager at a merchant bank, VP of IT at a construction and property administration company, and he's an active committer to the Apache community of open source software projects. Grant currently resides in Oregon where he enjoys cycling, racquetball, geocaching, coaching and playing soccer, and spending time with his lovely wife and children.
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Greg is the former Sr. Marketing Manager for OpenLogic, an open source provider focused on helping enterprises successfully and safely use open source software.
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Hazem Saleh has spent eight years working with JEE and open source technologies. He is an Apache committer and the founder of several open source projects. Beside being coauthor ofThe Definitive Guide to Apache MyFaces and Facelets, Hazem is also author of many technical articles, an IBM developerWorks contributing author, and a technical speaker in both local and international conferences, including JavaOne. Hazem is recognized as a Web 2.0 SME who has architected, designed, and developed a lot of Dojo solutions.
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Jeff Gran is an artist, designer, and programmer. He is currently part of the OpenLogic engineering team working on CloudSwing, a PaaS solution that lets developers assemble stacks of both open source and commercial software for use on cloud infrastructure services such as Amazon EC2.
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Jeremy is a long time Mac user, open source advocate and contributor, and father of two boys.
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Jilayne Lovejoy is Corporate Counsel at OpenLogic, a provider of open source software support, provisioning, and compliance solutions to enterprises. In addition to traditional corporate counsel responsibilities, Jilayne helps develop OpenLogic’s repository of open source licenses and obligations and ensures that OpenLogic’s scanning and compliance software meets the needs of legal users. Jilayne also works directly with enterprise customers, providing guidance on open source audits and compliance activities. Jilayne participates in open source industry groups such as SPDX™ under the Linux Foundation and the European Legal Network under the FSFE that help drive adoption of open source software and speed compliance with open source licenses. Jilayne is also a frequent speaker at conferences and law schools on topics related to open source licensing and compliance.
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Joe Backo is a long-time denizen of the computer business, having started his journey in 1983 at Xerox PARC. Along the way he's worked with Sun, Netscape, Inktomi, and a few other cutting edge companies. His interest has always been in adherence to open standards, so you won't see Microsoft on his resume. His involvement with open source projects goes back to the mid-1980's when we was building X11 R2 from the MIT source. His passion for projects of this sort is quite deep, and he's interested in many technology areas today as a result.
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Joe Brockmeier (aka "Zonker") is a Software Freedom advocate and enthusiast. He's been using Linux since 1996 when he discovered Slackware Linux, and has been working with Linux and writing about it since about 1999. He writes or has written for Linux Magazine, Sys Admin, IBM developerWorks, Linux Weekly News, Enterprise Linux Magazine, NewsFactor, ComputorEdge, Corante, ZDNet, Unix Review, NewsForge.com, Linux.com, OStatic.com, Ars Technica, and OStatic.
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Johan Thelin has worked as a developer since 1995 on systems from enterprise-scale servers to embedded Linux systems. He has written for numerous magazines, and authored the bookFoundations of Qt Development.
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Josh Larson is a Marketing Consultant for OpenLogic.
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Juliet Kemp has been messing around with Linux systems, for financial reward and otherwise, for about a decade. She is also the author of Linux System Administration Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (Apress, 2009).
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Kelby Zorgdrager, President of DevelopIntelligence, is a serial entrepreneur who has started three successful businesses in his career. Much of his career has been focused on leveraging technologies to create robust, scalable, and extensible solutions. Kelby has held just about every position possible in the technology world, from tech support to CTO. Kelby's expertise in Java and software development allowed him to be a guest speaker at JavaOne, Java University, Comdex, IEEE Software Conference, and the Colorado Software Summit. Kelby has been a guest author for both IBM and Sun, and he served as a technical editor for the best-selling book, Advanced Java: How to Program. Recently, Kelby has been applying his vast understanding of technology through the delivery of educational and software development consulting services to small and medium sized businesses.
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Kim Weins is the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Products at OpenLogic, an open source provider focused on helping enterprises successfully and safely use open source software. Kim works with large enterprises to share open source governance and compliance best practices and to evangelize the benefits of using open source software. Kim helps to shape OpenLogic's pioneering open source offerings, including an aggregated support model backed by open source developers, open source scanning and governance tools and services that guide companies through compliance with GPL and other open source licenses.
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Kimberly is absolutely fabulous, in every way. Before striking out on her own to pursue a career in writing, she led the technical writing team at OpenLogic that's responsible for all technical content on the OLEX site, as well as the the selection, editing, coordination, and management of content here at Wazi. She's developed content for lots of different audiences - teachers and students and salespeople, to name a few - over the course of her career, but nothing's been as much fun as writing about Open Source. She's a heckuva cook, has an enormously varied vocabulary, and you might justifiably be fearful of her dog, a big girl named Lola.
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Landon has long been a champion of our missions and a favorite here at OpenLogic and we're thrilled to have him contributing his insight and brilliance here on Wazi. See a picture of his twenty-year old oscilloscope here: http://sawdust.see-do.org.
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Leslie P. Polzer is an independent professional with more than 15 years of experience in software development and consulting. His specialties are GNU/Linux, databases, and web applications.
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Manolis Tzanidakis is a Unix sysadmin, web developer, tech writer, and videographer. He has written for Linux.com and Newsforge.
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Marco Fioretti is a freelance writer, activist, and teacher whose work focuses on the impact of open digital technologies on education, ethics, civil rights, and environmental issues.
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Mark earned a B.S. in Chemistry magna cum laude from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He's been practicing law in Silicon Valley for over 25 years and is currently a senior partner at DLA Piper, a new global law firm formed in 2005 from the merger of three law firms. The firm now has 3600 lawyers in 25 countries and 65 cities. Mark's practice is a mix of corporate securities and intellectual property, and he works with many startups as well as large global companies. He's enjoyed the opportunity to work with companies in many industries, ranging from semiconductor to digital media to open source. Mark is the General Counsel, pro bono, of the Open Source Initiative and ran the "users" committee reviewing the GPLv3 draft.
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Matt Hartley is a technology pundit for Datamation.com. He also provides tech segments for The Linux Action Show and offers his own brand of Linux how-to articles at MattHartley.com.
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Mayank Sharma is a regular contributor to Linux Format and PC Plus magazines. He has written books on administering Elgg and Openfire, and was contributing editor at Linux.com.
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Mert Caliskan is a software architect working for STM A.S., a defense contractor located in Turkey. He worked several years on various Enterprise Java Projects mostly built upon open source frameworks. He is a founder & committer of open-source projects like PrimeFaces, mesir, YUI4JSF, JSFExcelCreator, HibernateTrace and a contributor of Apache MyFaces. He is a sun certified java professional and javablackbelt contest winner. He gives speeches at local and international conferences about OSS frameworks and tries to leverage the use of them.
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Ragavan Srinivasan works as Open Source Program Manager at VMware. He's interested in building a vibrant community of users and developers around VMware’s open source projects. Prior to joining VMware, Ragavan created and helped launch FOSSBazaar while leading several initiatives for Hewlett-Packard’s Open Source Program Office. As one of the founders of the Kids on Computers project, he is working to set up a computer lab for an elementary school in Mexico, running Linux of course.
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Rares Aioanei has been using Linux and BSD since 2003. He's a member of the Fedora quality assurance team and a contributor to various projects. When not at the computer, he enjoys reading and riding a bike.
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Riccardo Capecchi has been a Unix/Linux system administrator since 1999. In his spare time he writes articles about the open source world on his blog at linuxaria.com.
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Richard Santalesa is Senior Counsel at the InfoLawGroup, where he focuses on intellectual property, e-commerce, data security and privacy issues. In a previous incarnation he was a technology editor, journalist, programmer and prolific author.
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Robin 'Roblimo' Miller is a writer, editor, and online community builder; author of three IT-related books; and a skilled video director, editor, and producer. He's now semi-retired, but still does a limited amount of video and writing work.
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Rod is the CTO and Founder of OpenLogic. He's been in open source since, well - since before it was even called open source. With 20 years experience developing enterprise software solutions, Rod has provided technical leadership on significant projects for companies such as GE, IBM, Anthem, Ericsson, Ford, Goodyear, Integral, CourseNet, and Digital Thoughts. He's a Sun Certified Java Architect and has won the JavaOne Conference Rock Star award not once, not twice - but three times. He presents at conferences around the world including the Open Source Business Conference, OSCON and others. You may have guessed that Rod works a lot, and you'd be right - but when he's not working, you might find him hiking in Telluride with his wife Neeta, Misha the giant beagle, and a Vizsla named Bowie.
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Age of Peers co-founder Sandro Groganz is an expert in the field of open source marketing. He started Initmarketing, the Open Source Marketing Agency, which subsequently merged into Age of Peers. He served as vice president of marketing at Mindquarry, an open source startup financed by Hasso Plattner Ventures, and vice president of communication at eZ Systems, the creator of the open source content management system eZ Publish. Groganz also has a solid background as a PHP developer, consultant, and author; he has contributed to a number of books on LAMP programming. For more information, visit www.ageofpeers.com or his weblog.
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We'll keep you safe. Trust us, that's our job. Even though, contrary to what our Avatar might imply, we're not all linebackers. In fact, some of us are quite petite. And others of us wear high heeled boots. Red. Wondering whether we also know what we're talking about? C'mon -have you read any of these security posts?
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As Director of the Localization Team at Mozilla Corporation, Seth focuses on expanding Mozilla’s impact on the web by helping localizers translate Mozilla into an ever-growing number of languages. A graduate of Cornell University, he also earned an MBA at UC Berkeley, where he focused on socially responsible business and took leadership roles in the Berkeley Net Impact Cluband the Global Social Venture Competition. Seth previously worked at Davidson Capital Group and Ashoka, a global nonprofit organization that focuses on advancing the field of social entrepreneurship. He spends his spare time swimming, playing baseball and tennis, and going to live concerts.
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Shashank Sharma is a regular contributor to Linux Format magazine. He is the co-author of a book on Fedora published by Apress, and was contributing editor at Linux.com.
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Stormy is Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation and a passionate evangelist for open source software. She founded the Open Source Program Office at Hewlett-Packard and the Expert Community at OpenLogic, and she’s a frequent keynote speaker on business aspects of open source software at prominent conferences as well as for government organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union. Stormy has lived north of the Arctic Circle, traveled around the world solo, and—most impressively—taught classes to twenty-two eight year olds. She currently spends her spare time working with Kids on Computers, where she's helping to set up a computer lab in Mexico (using open source software, of course).
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Needs fixin'? We'll fix it. Not getting it? We get it. Worried? Don't be, we're here for you. Also, we're nice, and we speak in intelligible sentences and we really, really will try to avoid sarcasm. We know about lots and lots of really cool stuff; and if we don't know it we'll figure it out in no time flat. If you wanted to call us by name you'd say, "Um, Dave?"
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Not only did Veljko emigrate to the US from Serbia, his idea of fun involves some fairly extreme environments: he's happiest gliding about at high altitude (through the clouds, we mean, in a teeny tiny lightweight glider plane, while the rest of us clutch at our parachutes and gape through the window of the tow-plane) or flippering through the ocean depths dependent on canned air (scuba). We know he's intrepid. So, that's two things, 'cause we also know he's smart. He's working away at a Ph.D in CS from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he's already gained his BS and MS in the same field. Veljko can be reached at veljko.krunic at openlogic dot com.
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Jason Gilmore is founder of the publishing, training, and consulting firm WJGilmore.com. He has more than 15 years of experience developing websites using open source technologies. Jason is the author of several popular books, including the bestselling Beginning PHP and MySQL, Fourth Edition, Easy PHP Websites with the Zend Framework, and Easy PayPal with PHP. Follow him on Twitter at@wjgilmore.
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Wendell L. Hatcher is a systems engineer, providing support to OpenLogic customers. He has more than 11 years of application support experience within IT operations environments. He spends his spare time with his family, feeding his XBOX 360 addiction and working on getting his own small web application hosting venture, Coeus Enterprise Technologies, off the ground.
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