Steve Perkins is a Java developer based in Atlanta, GA, USA. Steve has been working with Java in a web and systems integration context for 15 years, for clients ranging from commerce and finance to media and entertainment. He has been using Hibernate intensively for over seven years, and is interested in best practices for data modeling and application design. Apart from coding, Steve also has a keen interest in the subject of software patents, which eventually led to a law degree and becoming a licensed attorney. Steve co-authored In the Aftermath of In re Bilski, published in 2009, and In the Aftermath of Bilski v. Kappos, published in 2010, for the Practicing Law Institute Handbook Series. Steve lives in Atlanta with his wife, Amanda, their son, Andrew, and more musical instruments than he has free time to play. You can visit his website at steveperkins.net and follow him on Twitter at @stevedperkins.