Elliot Smith has worked in IT since 1996, and currently works at Talis, as a software developer working on library systems. Prior to that, he worked at OpenAdvantage (an open-source solutions center) as a business analyst; as a learning technologist and web developer at the University of Birmingham, England; and as a technical writer for Armada Computer Publications. He has an M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Birmingham. His personal website is http://townx.org/.
He thanks Nicola, his wife, for giving him the time and space to write a book; Madeleine, his daughter, for keeping him sane while doing it; and Rob Nichols for giving him the opportunity in the first place.