Benoit Marchal runs the consulting company, Pineapplesoft, which specializes in Internet applications, particularly e-commerce, XML and Java. He has worked with major players in Internet development such as Netscape and EarthWeb, and is a regular contributor to developer.com and other Internet publications. In 1997 he co-founded the XML/EDI Group, a think-tank which promotes the use of XML in e-commerce applications. Benoit frequently leads corporate training on XML and other Internet technologies. Benoit previously wrote the first edition of XML by Example (ISBN: 0-7897-2242-9) and Applied XML Solutions (ISBN: 0-672-32054-1).