Doug Tidwell is a senior programmer at IBM. He has more than a fifth of a century of programming experience, and has been working with
markup languages for more than 15 years. He was a speaker at the first XML conference in 1997, and has taught XML classes around the world. His job as a Technology Evangelist is to look busy and to help
people use new technologies to solve problems. The main technologies he currently works with are Cloud Computing and Service Component Architecture.
Using a pair of zircon-encrusted tweezers, he holds a master's degree in computer science from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Georgia. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina,
with his wife, cooking teacher Sheri Castle, their daughter Lily and their dog, Domino the Hound of Renown.