Shashank Tiwari is Chief Technologist at Saven Technologies, a Chicago-based company that provides cutting-edge, technology-driven business solutions for banking and financial service companies. Shashank is a prolific developer, author, and speaker who is active in the JCP as an Expert Group member on the following JSRs: 274, 283, 299, 301, and 312. He actively programs in at least a dozen languages, including Java, ActionScript, Python, Perl, PHP, C++, Groovy, JavaScript, Ruby, and Matlab. He is a popular blogger on the O'Reilly Network. These days, Shashank is busy building Web 2.0 applications using Flex and Java. You can find more information about him at shanky.org.