Ragae Ghaly has more than 25 years of experience in both academic research and industrial fields. He is an independent consultant, and he has worked in different capacities for large enterprises such as SHL Systemhouse, General Motors, Proxicom, and WellPoint Health Network. He has been working with Java and J2EE since their inception. His areas of interest include distributed systems, object-oriented modeling, middleware, design patterns, enterprise architecture, and EAI. He gained a masters degree in computer science from Florida International University. He has published a handful of papers about real-time object-oriented databases and J2EE application servers. Ragae lives in California, and in his free time he likes to study human languages. He also likes to travel and spend precious time with his family.