Bios for Contributing Authors

Find out more about the authors who have contributed work to the online tutorial. Click on a name to find the author's bio and links to his or her work.

Deborah Adair Dale Green Beth Stearns
Cynthia Bloch Jim Inscore Jim Waldo
Joshua Bloch Monica Pawlan Ann Wollrath
Mary Dageforde Andy Quinn  
Maydene Fisher Alan Sommerer  

Bio Links to Author's Work
Deborah Adair, the technical writer for the Java Media group at Sun Microsystems, specializes in designing and writing documentation for software developers and other highly-technical readers. She has a degree in Scientific and Technical Communication from the University of Washington and has been writing for the computer industry for the past nine years. Sound and
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Cynthia Bloch writes technical documentation at Sun Microsystems' Java Software division. She has a Masters in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Since gradual school she has worked as a Senior Software Engineer at Carnegie Group Incorporated in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, and as a Senior Technical Trainer at Transarc Corporation in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Servlets
Joshua Bloch is a Senior Staff Engineer at Sun Microsystems' Java Software division, where he works as an architect in the Java Language Group. His major contributions include the Collections Framework and java.math.

In a former life, Josh was a Senior Systems Designer at Transarc Corporation in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, where he designed and implemented many parts of the Encina distributed transaction processing system. In the deep dark past, he held summer positions at the usual corporate research labs (Bell Labs and IBM Research).

Josh holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie-Mellon University, where he wrote a long, boring dissertation on replication, and designed and implemented the language layer of the Camelot distributed transaction processing system. He holds a B.S. in computer science from Columbia.

Mary Dageforde writes software documentation for various Silicon Valley computer companies, including Sun Microsystems. She has a Masters in Computer Science from Stanford University. She spent ten years working primarily on the design and implementation of the English-like customer programming language for the pioneering Xerox Star GUI environment and its successors. For the past eight years she has concentrated on documenting APIs, languages, tools, and systems. Security in JDK 1.2, and
Security in JDK 1.1
Maydene Fisher has extensive experience as a technical writer specializing in the documentation of object-oriented programming languages. Fisher began her technical writing career on Wall Street, where she documented complex computer models, written in C++, for simulating fixed income derivatives. Before joining the JDBC team at Sun's Java Software division, she wrote documentation for ScriptX, an object-oriented multimedia scripting language, at Kaleida Labs and at Apple Computer. JDBC Database Access
Dale Green is a staff writer with Sun Microsystems, where he documents APIs for the Java programming language. In previous lives he programmed business applications, designed databases, taught technical classes, and documented RDBMS products. In his current incarnation he writes about internationalization and reflection APIs for the Java Tutorial. Internationalization and
Jim Inscore has worked as a technical writer for the past 18 years, documenting API for NeXT, Kaleida, Macromedia, Oracle, Objectivity, and a number of other companies. He is currently publications manager for enterprise, server, and multimedia technologies in Java Software.

In his spare time, Jim hangs out with his family and works on remodeling his house.

Monica Pawlan is a staff writer for the Java Developer Connection (JDC), and contributing author for the Java Tutorial. She has a background in 2D and 3D graphics, security, and database products, and loves to study and write about emerging technologies. When not writing, she spends her spare time gardening, studying classical piano, and dreaming of far away places--some of which she occasionally visits. Overview of the JDK
Andy Quinn is a Sun technical writer who specializes in writing for software developers. JavaBeans
Before moving to Silicon Valley, Alan Sommerer was a physicist on the staff of the International Institute of Theoretical and Applied Physics at Iowa State University. After moving to California, he joined Warthman Associates in Palo Alto where he did technical writing and applet programming for a variety of high-tech firms. Alan now writes documentation about the Java(tm) Development Kit for Sun Java Software. JAR Files and
The Extension Mechanism
Beth Stearns is the president of Computer Ease Publishing, a computer consulting firm she founded in 1982. Her client list includes Sun Microsystems Inc., Silicon Graphics Inc., Oracle Corporation, and Xerox Corporation, among others. Her "Understanding EDT," a guide to Digital Equipment Corporation's text editor, has sold throughout the world. She received her B.S. degree from Cornell University and a master's degree from Adelphi University.

Beth is an avid cyclist, hiker, gourmet cook, and Francophile, and she plans to retire with her two cats and husband to the southwest of France.

Java Native Interface
Jim Waldo is a Senior Staff Engineer with Sun Microsystems, where he leads a team developing a distributed programming infrastructure for Java. Before joining Sun's Java Software division, he was a Principle Investigator in Sun Labs, doing research into the areas of object-oriented programming and systems, distributed computing, and user environments. Jim is also on the faculty of Harvard University, where he teaches distributed computing in the department of computer science. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). He also holds M.A. degrees in both linguistics and philosophy. RMI
Ann Wollrath is a senior staff engineer with Sun Microsystems where she is the architect and project lead of the Java Remote Method Invocation system. Previously during her tenure at Sun Microsystems Laboratories and at the MITRE Corporation, she researched reliable, large-scale distributed systems and parallel computation. Wollrath received an MS in computer science from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and a BS in computer science from Merrimack College. RMI