Alexander Kolesnikov is an author and software developer from Greenock, Scotland. He wrote his first program in FORTRAN back in 1979 for a computer that occupied several rooms. He currently works as a Java Web Developer for CIGNA International. A Soviet military researcher in the past, he recently graduated as a Master of Science with Distinction in Enterprise Systems Development from Glasgow Caledonian University and has also gained a number of professional certifications from Sun Microsystems (SCJP, SCWCD, SCBCD). His first book on software development was "Java Drawing With Apache Batik" (BrainySoftware, 2007).
He is interested in many things, ranging from the most recent web technologies to alternative medicine and wishes wholeheartedly that a day was at least three times longer than it is.