Wednesday Feb 11, 2015

New Java Champions: Enrique Zamudio, Otávio Santana, and Freddy Guime

Congratulations to the new Java Champions Enrique Zamudio, Otávio Santana, and Freddy Guime!

Enrique Zamudio (Mexico) has specialized in server-side development with Java since 2000, focusing on backend applications, such as transactional switches for e-commerce and payment platforms. Enrique joined the Ceylon Language development core team in January 2012, where he's contributed to the language module, the web IDE and the JVM compiler, and is the lead developer of the Ceylon-to-JavaScript compiler. He is the author of the open source projects jAlarms, j8583 and ScalaSQL. 

Enrique is part of the staff of the javaMexico community, where he promotes the use of Java and Java-related technologies by regularly answering questions on the site's forums, writing on his blog and as a speaker at JUG events.  You can read his blog or follow him on twitter @chochosmx.

Otávio Santana (Brazil) is an evangelist and practitioner of agile philosophy, open source, and polyglot development. Otávio is a JUG Leader of JavaBahia and SouJava, and a strong supporter of Java communities in Brazil, where he also leads the BrasilJUGs initiative to join Brazilian JUGs in joint activities. He is co-creator and responsible for the Linguagil Group, a merge of Java, Ruby, Python and Agile groups, that promote agility across language-focused communities. On the open source world, Otavio is a Developer in OpenJDK since Java 7. He has also helped on JBoss Weld, Hibernate, Apache Commons, and other open source projects. Otávio is a very active speaker in Brazil, where he has participated in the largest Java events in the country. As an international speaker, Otávio has presented in JavaOne. Otávio is also a writer, and has many articles and even a book about JVM Internals. Otávio was recently nominated and won the JCP's Outstanding Adopt-a-JSR Participant of the Year Award, for his very active role in the Money and Measurement JSRs. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter at @otaviojava.

Freddy Guime (USA) is the community leader for the Chicago Java Users Group, co-author of Java 7 Recipes and maintainer of the javapubhouse.com, a educational podcast for the Java developer. Originally from Ecuador, he ditched the tropical weather to pursue his passion in computing and now lives in Chicago. He is always interested in everything from usability design to performance optimizations and loves to share that knowledge to whomever wants to listen. You can follow him on Twitter at @fguime. He is also a musician and member of the Null Pointers

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 Java.net.

Friday Feb 06, 2015

New Java Champion: Jacek Laskowski

Congratulations to the new Java Champions Jacek Laskowski!

Jacek is an independent IT professional living in Warsaw, Poland. He's offering services as a team and tech leader, software developer, open source technology advocate, course instructor, blogger, conference speaker, community leader and organiser, technical advisor and IT business liaison. He's operating on the JVM platform with Scala and Java as the two main languages of choice, and helping people get the most out of it.

Jacek's personal goal is to actively promote the Scala language in Poland as a leader of the @WarszawScala Warsaw Scala Enthusiasts group and working with local software houses.

He's developing skills in many ways - participating in closed and open source projects (on GitHub), reading, blogging, speaking, organizing meetings and conferences as well as helping people on StackOverflow. He blogs in both English and Polish. Follow him on twitter @jaceklaskowski

He's the founder and a leader of Warszawa Scala User Group (@WarszawScala). He's also the founder and a former leader of the Warszawa Java User Group (Warszawa JUG). He's been contributing to few open source projects in Apache Software Foundation as a PMC and committer and now a member of the ASF foundation.

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. Learn more at the Java Champions page on Java.net.

Tuesday Dec 09, 2014

New Java Champion: Marc Hoffmann

Congratulations to the new Java Champions Marc Hoffmann!

Marc has over 10 years of Java programming experience and is the leading expert in bytecode coverage analysis. Since 2008, he has been working on Java-based railway control systems at mtrail in Berne, Switzerland. He is also the lead contributor to the JaCoCo Code Coverage engine.

Hoffmann started the EclEmma project in 2006 and authored the initial releases. EclEmma is a free Java code coverage tool for Eclipse, available under the Eclipse Public License. It brings code coverage analysis directly into the Eclipse workbench. EclEmma won the "Best Open Source Eclipse-Based Developer Tool“ - Community Award in 2008. In 2009, Hoffmann also started the JaCoCo project to create a modern code coverage backend for EclEmma and other tools. JaCoCo is now widely used as code coverage engine, including for OpenJDK 8 development. You can view his presentation, Code Coverage Revised: EclEmma on JaCoCo [PDF], from EclipseCon 2012.

Hoffmann is a well-known conference speaker on the topic of Code Coverage Analysis.  Heinz Kabutz, founder of the JCrete unconference, said, "Marc has been a big supporter of the JCrete unconference, attending all four years so far and always contributing more than he has consumed." 

Congratulations! As Java continues to grow, look for more Java Champions to join this elite group soon. 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 Java.net.

Wednesday Nov 12, 2014

New Java Champions: Mert Caliskan and Maurice Naftalin

Congratulations to the new Java Champions Mert Caliskan and Maurice Naftalin!

Mert Caliskan is a Principle Software Architect living in Ankara, Turkey. He has over 10+ years of expertise in software development with the architectural design of Enterprise Java web applications. Caliskan is an open source advocate for software projects such as PrimeFaces. Also, Caliskan is the co-author of PrimeFaces Cookbook and Beginning Spring. He is the founder of AnkaraJUG, which is the most active JUG in Turkey. He is part-time lecturing at Hacettepe University about Enterprise Web Applications' Architecture and Web Services. He shares his knowledge at national and international conferences like JDays 2015, JavaOne 2013, JDC2010 and JSFDays'08. You can follow him on Twitter @mertcal

Maurice Naftalin has many years of experience as a software engineer for the Java platform.  He was the first certified instructor for the Java Specialists courses.  Naftalin started the LambdaFAQ website, where he collects lots of great tips on Java 8. Also, Naftalin has published two books on Java: Java Generics and Collections and Mastering Lambdas: Java Programming in a Multicore WorldNaftalin is a regular speaker at Java events and was chosen as a Rock Star Speaker at JavaOne 2013. You can follow him on Twitter @mauricenaftalin

Congratulations! As Java continues to grow, look for more Java Champions to join this elite group soon. 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 Java.net.

Monday Oct 20, 2014

New Java Champions: Mario Torre and Anton Arhipov

Congratulations to the new Java Champions Mario Torre and Anton Arhipov!

Mario Torre is well recognized as a Java community member, being an active OpenJDK member since the project very initial conception, first as a GNU Classpath contributor and then as an OpenJDK contributor, and now as part of the the OpenJDK Adoption Group. 

Torre has been the co-organizer of the FOSDEM Java Devroom since 2010. The Java Devroom is where the major players in OpenJDK get together and discuss the future of the Java platform.

Torre works as Senior Software Engineer for the Java Platform at Red Hat. He has been a strong advocate of the Java platform, in particular of OpenJDK, participating and organizing various conferences around the world. You can follow him on Twitter @neugens

Anton Arhipov has over 10 years of Java programming experience and has been the product lead on JRebel for 4 years, which relies on very intricate byte-code manipulation techniques and integrations with most available libraries and frameworks. Arhipov now is a product manager on XRebel.

Arhipov has been the main driving force behind the Russian Devclub community, with over 200 members. He is also the main organizer of the Estonian GeekOut conference. Arhipov regularly blogs about Java and is an active member of the Russian Razbor Poletov podcast. He has also participated in the JavaOne selection committee for several years. You can follow him on Twitter @antonarhipov

Congratulations! As Java continues to grow, look for more Java Champions to join this elite group soon.  

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 Java.net.

Wednesday Oct 15, 2014

Interactive Java Tech Content Delivered to Your Desk

The Virtual Technology Summit (VTS) delivers interactive Java tech content from Java Champions and Oracle experts to your desk.  

These interactive, online events, sponsored by the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), are coming in November:

Each event feature four technical tracks, each with a unique focus on specific tools, technologies, and tips: Java, Database, Middleware and Systems. Registration allows you to attend any session on any track.

The Java Track includes three code-heavy sessions: 

Transform Your Code to Java 8
by Venkat Subramanian, Java Champion

The new facilities in Java 8 are about to change the way we write code. Our code will become more expressive and concise. But exactly how? This presentation takes several common Java code examples, discusses the core idea expressed in the code, and transforms that code to use the facilities in Java 8. Watch and interact as you see Java code go through a weight loss program right in front of your eyes.

Java Mission Control for Earthlings
by Jim Weaver, Java Evangelist, Oracle

Java SE Advanced contains an application named Java Mission Control, which consists of two facilities essential for developers and IT production support.  These facilities are JMX Console and Java Flight Recorder, both of which help you monitor applications and tune them for high performance.  This session will present features of Java Mission Control, as well as relevant concepts.

Exploring Java EE
by Josh Juneau, Tech Writer and Author

The Java EE tutorial will walk users step-by-step through the development of an application (MoviePlex) using Maven. The development will take place within NetBeans 8.x IDE, it will demonstrate how to add project dependencies via Maven, and perform various development tasks leveraging some new features of Java EE 7.  We’ll delve into the creation of views using JSF and PrimeFaces, binding to managed bean controllers via CDI, utilization of the Batch Processing API, JMS, and WebSockets.  In the end, you will have a better understanding of how a typical Java EE application is developed, and how to implement solutions using some of the latest features of Java EE. Note: This a hands-on lab that requires you to have Java EE and the NetBeans IDE downloaded before you attend the session.

We'll kick off the track with Java Community Update by Tori Wieldt. There will be places to hang out and meet other attendees between sessions. View the full agenda, abstracts, and participation instructions on the VTS Event Resources Community Space. Plan to be there!

Monday Jul 21, 2014

New Java Champion: Justin Lee

Congratulations to the newest Java Champion, Justin Lee! Nominated and selected by the current Java Champions, Lee has a strong passion and love for the Java language and platform.

Lee has been a Java developer since 1996 (and can still remember being excited about the upcoming release of the new Swing UI toolkit).  Not counting occasional forays in to desktop development, he has spent the better part of the last 18 years doing server-side development including building quasi-Java EE application servers and ORMs. Lee helped with shepherding of websockets support in to first Glassfish/Grizzly and then in to Java EE itself.  Currently employed at MongoDB, Lee works on the Java driver, Morphia, and is the mongo-hadoop project lead. You can visit his web site and follow him on Twitter at @evanchooly

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 Java.net.

Monday Jun 23, 2014

New Java Champion: Jean-Michel Doudoux

Congratulations to the newest Java Champion, Jean-Michel Doudoux! Nominated and selected by the current Java Champions, Jean-Michel has demonstrated expertise in and passion for Java.

Doudoux started using Java from version 1.  Since then, he has enjoyed sharing his knowledge about Java platforms SE/EE/ME and its huge ecosystem. In 1999, he started writing two free books published under GNU FDL licence, one about Java and the other about Eclipse. Written in French, the main book Développons en Java is well know by the French community around the world.  Since its creation, it has grown to more than 3000 pages. This tutorial is accessed by more than one million French developers each year. The final published version of this document is available in HTML and PDF formats on his personal website and mirrored on other sites. Doudoux is also the author of a second tutorial of 630 pages long, entitled "Let's develop in Java with Eclipse" also available free on the web.

Doudoux is also co-founder of the Lorraine JUG and member of the YaJUG, the Luxembourg Java User Group. You can visit his web site and follow him on Twitter at @jmdoudoux

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 Java.net.

Monday May 12, 2014

New Java Champions: Simon Maple and Trisha Gee

Congratulations to the new Java Champion Simon Maple and Trisha Gee!

Simon Maple (UK) is a Technical Evangelist at ZeroTurnaround, but is less about preaching and more about discussion and interaction. His passion is around technical communities and is the founder of the vJUG (virtualJUG), an active member of the LLondon Java Community (LJC) organizing group as well as the LJC JCP EC committee. Simon used to be a tester, developer and technical evangelist for IBM on the WebSphere Application Server for 12 years prior to joining ZeroTurnaround. He enjoys playing and watching football (spherical variety), drinking tea and spending quality time with his family. Visit Simon's blog and follow him on Twitter @sjmaple

Trisha Gee (UK) has expertise in Java high performance systems, is passionate about enabling developer productivity, and right now is getting to grips with working in an Open Source fashion as a developer for MongoDB Inc, where she contributes to the Java driver and Morphia. Trisha blogs regularly on subjects that she thinks developers and other humans should care about, and she’s a leader of the Sevilla Java User Group and a key member of the London Java Community - she believes we shouldn't all have to make the same mistakes again and again. You can follow her on Twitter at @trisha_gee.

As in music, this British Invasion should turn out well. 

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 Java.net.

Tuesday Apr 29, 2014

Java Champions: David Gageot, Arun Gupta, and Zoran Severac

Let's catch up on the Java Champions David Gageot, Arun Gupta, and Zoran Severac.

Arun Gupta (USA) is a technology enthusiast, author of the best-selling book Java EE 7 Essentials, a community guy, and a JavaOne rockstar speaker. Formerly at Sun Microsystems and Oracle, he is now Director of Developer Advocacy at Red Hat. One of his many projects is creating a comprehensive list of Java EE 7 samples. He is a board member (and instrumental driver behind) Devoxx4Kids Bay Area. Follow Arun on Twitter @arungupta.

David Gageot (France) describes himself as a "freelance Geek." For many years, he has been blogging, talking in public, and participating to Open Source projects. He is an expert in Java and Agile. He shares his passion at as many conferences and user groups as he can. In his insightful blog LOOK MA’ I’M A JAVA CHAMPION, he writes "Developers should write code that is easy to write, easy to maintain. They should write tests. They should develop fast to quickly get rid of what’s useless. Java makes it possible. You just have to learn how." You can follow him on Twitter at @dgageot.

Zoran Sevarac (Serbia) works as an Assistant Professor at University of Belgrade, where he teaches Java, Artificial Intelligence and open source development. He is the founder and lead developer of Java neural network framework Neuroph which received the Dukes Choice Award 2013. He is also the founder and head of Open Source Software Development Center at University of Belgrade. He is a certified NetBeans Platform Trainer, member of the NetBeans Dream Team, and leader of NetBeans User Group Serbia. You can follow him on Twitter at @neuroph.

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 Java.net.

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