Richard Monson-Haefel , an independent software developer, coauthored all five editions of Enterprise JavaBeans and Java Message Service (all O'Reilly). He's a software architect specializing in multi-touch interfaces and a leading expert on enterprise computing. More detail on his work and writings can be found at Monson-Haefel.
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"In a way, reading these pieces feels like reading great blog posts, though without the usual blogodrama. Its great stuff for when you want to spend an hour reading, or for when you have a couple of minutes to spare."
"Makes your usual points about minimising complexity approximately 97 times :)"
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