Brett McLaughlin is a guitar player who one day realized that you can't pay the bills if you're into acoustic fingerstyle, and high-end custom instruments. As it turns out, though, Brett also is pretty good at this writing stuff -- and it does pay the bills. Author of the bestselling Java and XML, as well as Home Theater Hacks, Java 5.0: A Developer's Notebook, and some other books that didn't do so well (Java and XML Data Binding [out of date; yes, I know!] and Building Java Enterprise Applications, Volume I [out of print; buy 1000 copies, and I'll start on Volume II, OK?], Brett has recently turned his sights away from those thick, technical, wordy books to Head First (which are thick and technical, but still pretty darn easy on the eyes). He's currently working on a super-secret new book with Eric and Beth, and trying to find ways to justify that next guitar. When not writing, Brett's usually playing tackle with his two kids, listening to music at unacceptable volumes, or wondering how that little Logo triangle could lead to a job staying at home staring at a computer all day.