Independent Technology Guides

Books in this series offer a big-picture view of an important new technology area. Their focus is on how that technology works and what it can be used for, taking an independent perspective rather than reflecting the position of any particular vendor. For developers, these are the perfect place to begin mastering a new area. For technical managers, the books go into enough depth to enable them to make good decisions without delving too deeply into implementation details. The goal is to be the first book a developer needs in a new area and the only book a technical manager needs to read on the topic.

Series Editor David Chappell is Principal of Chappell & Associates in San Francisco, California. Through his speaking, writing, and consulting, he helps IT professionals around the world understand, use, market, and make better decisions about enterprise software. David is a frequent keynote speaker for public and in-house events, and his seminars have been attended by tens of thousands of developers and decision makers in thirty-five countries. His books on enterprise software technologies have been published in ten languages and used regularly in courses at MIT, ETH Zurich, and other universities. David's consulting clients have included HP, IBM, Microsoft, Target Corporation, Stanford University, and others.