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Akmal B. Chaudhri has been working with objects and databases for over ten years. He has been a regular presenter on Java, XML, and databases at a number of international conferences. He has edited the books Object Databases in Practice (Prentice-Hall, 1998), Succeeding with Object Databases (John Wiley & Sons, 2000), and Java and Databases (Hermes Penton Science, 2002). At present, he works for IBM developerWorks where he is editor for the Special Projects Zone. He has previously worked for Reuters, Logica, Computer Associates, and Informix Software. He holds a B.S. in computing and information systems, M.S. in business systems analysis and design, and a Ph.D. in computer science.

Awais Rashid has worked in the area of objects and databases for six years. His principal research interests are in improving the customizability, extensibility, and evolvability of such systems and their use to support new software technologies such as XML and aspect-oriented development. He has published actively on these topics and has regularly served on the program and organizing committees of a number of relevant international events. Recently he edited IEE Proceedings?Software special issue on Aspect-Oriented and Component-Based Software Engineering and is currently coediting the British Computer Society's Computer Journal special section on Aspect-Oriented Programming and Separation of Crosscutting Concerns. Presently he is a faculty member at Lancaster University, U.K., where he teaches courses on database technologies. Previously he has worked as a postgraduate researcher at Lancaster and at Xerox Research Centre Europe, Cambridge. He holds a B.S. in electronics engineering, an M.S. in software engineering methods, and a Ph.D. in computer science.

Roberto Zicari, born 1955 in Milano, is full professor of computer science at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. Previously he was associate professor at Politecnico di Milano, Italy; visiting scientist at IBM Almaden Research Center, U.S. and University of California at Berkeley, U.S.; visiting professor at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland and the National University of Mexico City, Mexico. Roberto Zicari is an internationally recognized expert in the field of object technology, in particular in object databases and in middleware. He has consulted and lectured in Europe, the U.S., and Japan. He is a coeditor of the books Succeeding with Object Databases (John Wiley & Sons, 2000), Advanced Database Systems (Morgan Kaufmann, 1997), and Conceptual Modeling, Databases and Case (John Wiley & Sons, 1992). Roberto Zicari holds a doctor of engineering degree from Politecnico di Milano.


Part IV: Applications of XML