Albert J. Saganich, Jr. holds both master's and bachelor's degrees in computer science and mathematics and has been in the computer industry for more than 18 years designing, developing, and supporting enterprise-level applications and services. Al consults for such companies as Thomson Financial, Fidelity, Compaq, and Digital. In 1999 Al joined BEA's Education Division, where he works as a Principal Technologist/Architect providing mentoring, design, development, and other education services. Al is an accomplished writer and has published a number of works on Java, XML, and J2EE. Al speaks frequently on WebLogic Server and J2EE-related technologies. In his spare time, Al teaches Pai Lum Kung Fu and rides dirtbikes with his wife and children.