Three New Java Champions

Selected for their technical knowledge, leadership, inspiration, and tireless work for the Java community; three new Java Champions have been selected. They are Venkat Subramaniam, Toni Epple and Dan Allen. Congratulations, gentleman!

Venkat Subramaniam (USA)
Dr. Venkat Subramaniam is an award-winning author, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., and an adjunct faculty at the University of Houston. He has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is a regularly invited speaker at several international conferences. He is the (co)author of multiple books, including the 2007 Jolt Productivity award winning book Practices of an Agile Developer. His most recent book is Functional Programming in Java: Harnessing the Power of Java 8 Lambda Expressions. Follow Venkat on Twitter @venkat_s.

Anton (Toni) Epple (Germany)
Anton is working as a trainer and consultant for JavaFX, Swing and the NetBeans Swing Application Platform at Eppleton. In his free time he organizes the JayDay conference, contributes to Open Source projects, and is a community lead for the JavaTools community at He's also a member of the NetBeans Dream Team and the NetBeans Governance Board. Follow Toni on Twitter @monacotoni.

Dan Allen (USA)
Dan Allen is an open source and standards advocate, community catalyst, author, speaker and innovator. He works at Red Hat as a Principal Software Engineer. In that role, he serves as the Arquillian community manager, contributes to various open source projects (including Arquillian, Asciidoctor, Awestruct and JBoss Forge), participates in the JCP and is on a mission to simplify software testing and documentation. He draws on his experience with the Arquillian project to help a variety of open source projects become wildly successful. He's also the author of Seam in Action (Manning, 2008), has written technical articles for various publications and is an internationally recognized speaker. After a long conference day, you'll likely find Dan chatting about tech and community with fellow community members over a Trappist beer. Follow Dan on Twitter @mojavelinux.

The Java Champions are an exclusive group of passionate Java technology and community leaders who are community-nominated and selected under a project sponsored by Oracle. Java Champions get the opportunity to provide feedback, ideas, and direction that will help Oracle grow the Java Platform. Nominees are named and selected through a peer review process. (Current Oracle employees are not eligible.) Learn more at the Java Champions page on


Congratulations, Venkat!

Posted by Clay Smith on March 27, 2013 at 07:47 AM PDT #

Congratulations Venkat!
It's so great to see your efforts and hard work recognized. It is a joy knowing you and learning the amazing things you've discovered. I'm already looking forward to what you've got in store for us next!


Posted by Jim Bethancourt on March 27, 2013 at 07:53 AM PDT #

Congratulations Venkat! The honor is well deserved and could not have been bestowed upon a greater member of the community.

Posted by Zach Fox on March 27, 2013 at 08:07 AM PDT #

Congratulations Venkat! I've learned a lot through your writing and your presentations.

Posted by Scott on March 27, 2013 at 08:29 AM PDT #

hi venkat, congratulations...

Posted by kiran on March 31, 2013 at 07:38 AM PDT #

Congratulations Venkat!! I am thrilled with the news. Thanks for all the hard work and selfless service to the community.

Posted by Vijay on April 02, 2013 at 09:06 AM PDT #

Congratulations Venkat! I dont know how you manage to keep alive the enthusiasm and passion for programming after all these years.

Posted by An Ex Student on April 19, 2013 at 10:59 AM PDT #

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