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Peter Coffee

Peter Coffee is best known for his longtime role as a commentator for Ziff Davis, where he was most recently Technology Editor for eWEEK until his departure for in January 2007. He has twenty years' experience in evaluating information technologies and practices as a developer, consultant, educator, and internationally published author and industry analyst.

Coffee wrote product reviews, technical analyses and his weekly "Epicenters" column on disruptive forces in IT tools and practices; he has appeared on CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, and PBS newscasts addressing Internet security, the Microsoft antitrust case, wireless telecom policies, and other eBusiness issues. He chaired the four-day Web Security Summit conference in Boston during the summer of 2000, and has been a keynote speaker or moderator at technical conferences throughout the U.S. and in England.

Coffee authored Peter Coffee Teaches PCs, published in 1998 by Que, and previously authored Que's ZD Press tutorial How to Program Java. He played a lead role in developing eWEEK Labs' 2001 series of special reports entitled "Five Steps to Enterprise Security." His eWEEK beats included development tools and business intelligence products.

Before joining eWEEK (then called PC Week) full-time in 1989, Coffee held technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation dealing with chemical facility project control, Arctic project development, strategic defense analysis, end-user computing planning and support, and artificial intelligence applications research. He has been one of eWEEK's lead analysts throughout the life cycles of technologies including x86 and RISC microprocessors; Windows, OS/2, and Mac OS; object technologies, including Smalltalk, C++, and Java; and security technologies including strong encryption. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, and has taught classes in the department of computer science at UCLA and at Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management and the Chapman College School of Business.

Peter is the father of three sons and is active as a youth soccer referee, Boy Scout backpack leader, church choir member, and coordinator of his church's food bank program.

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Peter posts to both the Developer blog

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