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Sun Microsystems

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network is the Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com.

Sun Microsystems Laboratories (Sun Labs) is Sun's applied research and advanced development arm. Sun Labs researchers work on projects that play a significant role in the evolution of technology and society - projects that have the power to change everything - including asynchronous and high-speed circuits, optical interconnects, third-generation web technologies, sensors, network scaling, SunRay and Java technologies. Since its inception, Sun Labs has been responsible for many of Sun's technology advancements and inventions, maintaining one of the highest rates of technology transfer in the industry. For more information about Sun Labs, please visit: www.research.sun.com.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software -- any time, any place and on any device. Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 is the comprehensive tool set for rapidly building and integrating Web services, Microsoft Windows-based applications, and Web solutions. For more information, please visit http://www.microsoft.com.


IBM is the world's largest information technology company with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. We create tools and technologies that will enable the continued evolution of computing and computing services over the network. Our work across many disciplines is often done in concert with our colleagues in academic and government research centers, as well as "in the marketplace" with customers who provide us with challenging research problems.

IBM Software offers the widest range of applications, middleware and operating systems for all types of computing platforms, allowing customers to take full advantage of the new era of on-demand e-business. The fastest way to get more information about IBM software is through: http://www.software.ibm.com.

IBM Research is the world's largest information technology research organization, with more than 3,000 scientists and engineers at eight labs in six countries. IBM has produced more research breakthroughs than any other company in the IT industry. For more information on IBM Research, visit http://www.research.ibm.com.

Bronze Supporters

Google is a global technology leader focused on improving the way people connect with information. Google's innovations in web search and advertising have made its website a top Internet destination and its brand one of the most recognized in the world. Google maintains the world's largest online index of websites and other content, and Google makes this information freely available to anyone with an Internet connection. Google's automated search technology helps people obtain nearly instant access to relevant information from it vast online index. For more information, visit www.google.com.

Addison-Wesley and Prentice Hall are the leading publishers of high-quality and timely resources for programmers, managers, engineers, and system administrators. Our readers rely on us to provide up-to-date information on the latest technologies, as well as new approaches to current technologies. Written by the industry's most respected experts, our educational materials teach technology professionals essential new skills and timesaving techniques to help them do their jobs more effectively. Addison-Wesley and Prentice Hall are part of the Pearson Technology Group. As a division of Pearson Education, our readers and authors benefit from our global resources. For more information, please visit www.awprofessional.com and www.phptr.com.

Corporate Supporter

Springer is one of the most renowned scientific publishing companies in the world. Its publications cover subjects ranging from the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering and computer science to medicine and psychology. In the fields of economics and law, Springer offers an increasing number of books in management science. Since the merger with the Dutch scientific house Kluwer Academic Publishers (KAP) in February 2004 the range of products has increased further; it now includes publications on the arts and social sciences. For more information, please visit www.springeronline.com.

O'Reilly Media is the premier information source for leading-edge computer technologies. The company's books, conferences, and web sites bring to light the knowledge of technology innovators. O'Reilly books, known for the animals on their covers, occupy a treasured place on the shelves of the developers building the next generation of software. O'Reilly conferences and summits bring alpha geeks and forward-thinking business leaders together to shape the revolutionary ideas that spark new industries. From the Internet to XML, open source, .NET, software development, Java, and web services, O'Reilly puts technologies on the map. For more information: http://www.oreilly.com.

Morgan Kaufmann Publishers
Morgan Kaufmann Publishers works with leading computer scientists to publish books for researchers, professionals and students in computer architecture, databases and networking, graphics and gaming, human-computer interaction and software engineering. Many MKP titles are known as the definitive works in their fields.

The company was founded in 1984 in Silicon Valley by Michael Morgan with Nils J. Nilsson, Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, and respected publishing veteran William Kaufmann. Beginning in 2001, MKP has been part of Elsevierís Science and Technology Division.
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