Michael T. Nygard

Michael Nygard has been a professional programmer and architect for over 15 years. He has delivered systems to the U. S. Government, the military, banking, finance, agriculture, and retail industries. Michael has written numerous articles and editorials, spoken at Comdex, and coauthored one of the earliest Java books.

Michael has designed, built, and engineered systems for B2B exchanges, retail commerce sites, travel and leisure sites, an information brokerage, and web applications for the intelligence community.

Among other exciting projects in his position as Director of Engineering for Totality Corporation, Michael led the operations team through the launch of a tier 1 retail site. His experience with the birth and infancy of this retail platform gives him a unique perspective on building software for high performance and high reliability in the face of an actively hostile environment.

Release It! Release It! (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
by Michael T. Nygard
March 2007

"Overall, it was a thoughtful book. I particularly enjoyed the sections on capactiy and stability that seemed more immediately applicable to my everday life in code. "
--Jacob Trent, UJUG

"This is a book to have on your bookshelf. Mine is full of tabs and post-it notes."
--John Yeary, Java Evangelist

"It is full of useful information and practical advice, interspersed with war stories that help ground the general in the specific...It would make a great text for a second course in web programming, and ought to be read by everyone tasked with building an e-commerce site capable of handling a customer's rush season."
--Gregory V. Wilson, Dr. Dobb's Portal

"In every respect Release It! is just fantastic and is a must read for anyone developing enterprise apps. Not only does it have lots of fun, pithy quotes and entertaining war stories, it has real practical advice on how to create production ready software. Buy it!"
--Pete Lacey, Life & Technology

"The book is a patterns book, but the patterns it presents are concrete. First, there are patterns and anti-patterns for stability and capacity, intermixed with war stories about real-life large-scale systems that failed hard for reasons that wouldn’t ever occur at smaller scales. Nygard’s war stories bring the patterns and anti-patterns into focus, providing very real reasons for their existence, and hard-won proof that they do indeed work...In short, it’s a wonderful book. I think it’s my favorite for 2007."
--Steve Vinoski, Ask Forgiveness, Not Permission