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About the Authors

John Lewis is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Villanova University. He received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1991. Dr. Lewis' area of specialization is software engineering, with a particular focus on web-based software systems. He is a recognized author of several computing textbooks that serve as an introduction to computer science and data structure design and implementation. Dr. Lewis regularly teaches courses in introductory programming, object-oriented design, software engineering, and multimedia. He is the Executive Director of the Villanova Center of Excellence in Enterprise Technology (CEET). He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the IEEE Computer Society, and Sigma Xi, the scientific research society. He has won several teaching awards, and is active in the ACM's Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE). He is also the co-founder of the Philadelphia Area Java User's Group. In his spare time he builds forts out of sofa cushions with his wife and two children.

William Loftus is a serial entrepreneur and author. Currently he is the President and CEO of Gestalt, LLC, a company that provides interoperability software solutions for governments and Fortune 500 companies. After serving as an R&D manager at Unisys, he founded his own company, WPL Laboratories, which grew quickly into an Inc. 500 company. Mr. Loftus sold WPL Laboratories to Breakaway Solutions, became responsible for world-wide operations of over 900 employees in three continents, and helped take the company public on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Mr. Loftus was later named President and CEO of Breakaway. In 2001, Mr. Loftus left Breakaway and founded Gestalt, LLC. Mr. Loftus is also the founder and Chairman of Government Enterprise Management Systems, LLC, and sits on several boards. Mr. Loftus holds bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from Villanova University. He has contributed to research in compiler theory, real-time software, software architectures, and interoperability. He has received many awards, including a Special Achievement Award from DARPA, and being named a finalist for E&Y's entrepreneur of the year. In 1999, he was recognized by the City of Philadelphia as one of the 40 most accomplished individuals under 40 years old. He is a senior member of the IEEE. In his spare time he watches Sponge Bob Square Pants with his wife and two children.

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