About the Author

The author of this site (ASJ, aka Airlan) was awarded an M.S. in Plant Molecular Biology during his youth, then collected an M.B.A. with specialization in Information Systems. He became an unrepentent and crusading Java programmer when it first emerged in the mid-1990s, and was a veteran of the early days of Java's evolution from quirky applets to heavy server side applications.

He is an avid science fiction writer and reader, with a particular liking for such works as Vernor Vinge's Zones of Thought series, Dan Simmons' Hyperion Cantos, and the Culture novels of the great British writer Iain M. Banks. He also loves exploring and travelling around the world with his wife.

In terms of nature and biology, he has a strong bias towards arthropods and plants (as opposed to vertebrates and other soft squishy things), and this has resulted in a series of what he has called Lurker's Guides since the 1990s: