Ed Ort is a writer on the staff of the Sun Developer Network. He writes technical articles that appear on java.sun.com and developers.sun.com. After a long career at IBM, where he focused on relational database technologies and programming languages, Ed came to Sun and turned his attention exclusively to Java technology. Besides writing, Ed also manages the JavaLive chat program, and the newsletters: Core Java Technologies Tech Tips, and Enterprise Java Technologies Tech Tips. When he's not writing, running chats, or handling newsletters, Ed is usually hiking or jogging in the mountains that surround Las Vegas, Nevada.