Elisabeth is a software engineer, writer, and trainer. She has been passionate about technology since her days as a student at Yale University, where she earned a Masters of Science in Computer Science and designed a concurrent, visual programming language and software architecture.
Elisabeth’s been involved with the Internet since the early days; she co-created the award-winning Web site, The Ada Project, one of the first Web sites designed to help women in computer science find career and mentorship information online.
She’s currently co-founder of WickedlySmart, an online education experience centered on web technologies, where she creates books, articles, videos and more. Previously, as Director of Special Projects at O’Reilly Media, Elisabeth produced in-person workshops and online courses on a variety of technical topics and developed her passion for creating learning experiences to help people understand technology. Prior to her work with O’Reilly, Elisabeth spent time spreading fairy dust at The Walt Disney Company, where she led research and development efforts in digital media.
When not in front of her computer, you’ll find Elisabeth hiking, cycling or kayaking in the great outdoors, with her camera nearby, or cooking vegetarian meals.
Eric is a computer scientist with a passion for media and software architectures. He just wrapped up four years at a dream job – directing Internet broadband and wireless efforts at Disney – and is now back to writing, creating cool software, and hacking Java and Macs.
Eric spent a lot of the ‘90s working on alternatives to the desktop metaphor with David Gelernter (and they’re both still asking the question “why do I have to give a file a name?”). Based on this work, Eric landed a Ph.D. at Yale University in ’97. He also co-founded Mirror Worlds Technologies (now acquired) to create a commercial version of his thesis work, Lifestreams.
In a previous life, Eric built software for networks and supercomputers. You might know him from such books as JavaSpaces Principles Patterns and Practice. Eric has fond memories of implementing tuple-space systems on Thinking Machine CM-5s and creating some of the first Internet information systems for NASA in the late 80s.
Eric is currently living on Bainbridge Island. When he’s not writing text or code you’ll find him spending more time tweaking than watching his home theater and trying to restore a circa 1980s Dragon’s Lair video game. He also wouldn’t mind moonlighting as an electronica DJ.