Christian Thilmany is a User Experience Architect for the Developer and Platform Evangelism Division at Microsoft Corporation. He has been with Microsoft for over 10 years and has more than 19 years experience working as an architect, developer, and designer. Christian has worked with a variety of ISVs and Fortune 500 firms in fields such as user experience, design patterns, rich internet applications, composite applications, distributed application architectures, collaboration, and integration. When he is not working he enjoys scuba diving, snow skiing, and spending time with his family along with his two fat English Bulldogs. Christian is a published author for Addison Wesley and has been a frequent contributor to Java Developer's Journal and MSDN Magazine. You can follow him at blogs.flyover18.com, blogs.flyover18.com/christhi, and www.twitter.com/uxarchitect.