Tuesday Apr 30, 2013

New Java Champion: Linda van der Pal

Congratulations to the newest Java Champion, Linda van der Pal!

van der Pal has been a developer since 2002, visiting many conferences to gather and share knowledge. In 2006, she founded Duchess, a network for women interested in Java. She is now a member of the board of the Duchess Dutch chapter, along with Java Champion Régina ten Bruggencate, helping to organize several social and technical meeting a year. "We give a voice to women all over the world who work with Java technology," van der Pal explained.

To further the cause of getting more kids interested in coding, she also visits several schools a year to talk about being a programmer on behalf of VHTO, the Dutch organization for women in technology. She also helped organize Devoxx for Kids in the Netherlands.  

Follow Linda on Twitter @DuchessFounder.

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 Mar 26, 2013

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 Java.net. 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 Java.net.

Tuesday Feb 12, 2013

New Java Champion: Charlie Nutter

Congratulations to the newest Java Champion, Charles Oliver Nutter!

Charlie is the main force (along with Thomas Enebo) behind JRuby, a JVM-based Ruby implementation that competes extremely well on features and performance with other Ruby implementations. Charlie was instrumental from day one in ensuring that the new invokedynamic functionality worked well for dynamic languages on the JVM. He continues to work on the JVM for other languages today, regularly contributing to the hotspot mailing lists and JVM Language summit etc.  

Charlie is a regular conference speaker (Javaone RockStar, OSCON etc) where his deep dive talks on invokedymanic, bytecode and the latest JVM features are always in high demand. He's an OReilly author (Using JRuby), has a well-read blog and Twitter handle (@Headius).

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. 

Wednesday Oct 24, 2012

Four New Java Champions

Four luminaries in the Java community have been selected as new Java Champions. The are Agnes Crepet, Lars Vogel, Yara Senger and Martijn Verburg. They were selected for their technical knowledge, leadership, inspiration, and tireless work for the community. Here is how they rock the Java world:

Agnes Crepet

Agnes Crepet (France) is a passionate technologist with over 11 years of software engineering experience, especially in the Java technologies, as a Developer, Architect, Consultant and Trainer. She has been using Java since 1999, implementing multiple kinds of applications (from 20 days to 10000 men days) for different business fields (banking, retail, and pharmacy). Currently she is a Java EE Architect for a French pharmaceutical company, the homeopathy world leader. She is also the co-founder, with other passionate Java developers, of a software company named Ninja Squad, dedicated to Software Craftsmanship. Agnes is the leader of two Java User Groups (JUG), the Lyon JUG Duchess France and the founder of the Mix-IT Conferenceand theCast-IT Podcast, two projects about Java and Agile Development. She speaks at Java and JUG conferences around the world and regularly writes articles about the Java Ecosystem for the French print Developer magazine Programmez! and for the Duchess Blog. Follow Agnes @agnes_crepet.

Lars Vogel

Lars Vogel (Germany) is the founder and CEO of the vogella GmbH and works as Java, Eclipse and Android consultant, trainer and book author. He is a regular speaker at international conferences, such as EclipseCon, Devoxx, Droidcon and O'Reilly's Android Open. With more than one million visitors per month, his website vogella.com is one of the central sources for Java, Eclipse and Android programming information. Lars is committer in the Eclipse project and received in 2010 the "Eclipse Top Contributor Award" and 2012 the "Eclipse Top Newcomer Evangelist Award." Follow Lars on Twitter @vogella.

Yara Senger

Yara Senger (Brazil) has been a tireless Java activist in Brazil for many years. She is President of SouJava and she is an alternate representative of the group on the JCP Executive Committee. Yara has led SouJava in many initiatives, from technical events to social activities. She is co-founder and director of GlobalCode, which trains developers throughout Brazil.  Last year, she was recipient of the Duke Choice's Award, for the JHome embedded environment.  Yara is also an active speaker, giving presentations in many countries, including JavaOne SF, JavaOne Latin Ameria, JavaOne India, JFokus, and JUGs throughout Brazil. Yara is editor of InfoQ Brasil and also frequently posts at http://blog.globalcode.com.br/search/label/Yara. Follow Yara @YaraSenger.

Martijn Verburg

Martijn Verburg (UK) is the CTO of jClarity (a Java/JVM performance cloud tooling start-up) and has over 12 years experience as a Java/JVM technology professional and OSS mentor in a variety of organisations from start-ups to large enterprises. He is the co-leader of the London Java Community (~2800 developers) and leads the global effort for the Java User Group "Adopt a JSR" and "Adopt OpenJDK" programmes. These programmes encourage day to day Java developer involvement with OpenJDK, Java standards (JSRs), an important relationship for keeping the Java ecosystem relevant to the 9 million Java developers out there today. As a leading expert on technical team optimisation, his talks and presentations are in high demand by major conferences (JavaOne, Devoxx, OSCON, QCon) where you'll often find him challenging the industry status quo via his alter ego "The Diabolical Developer." You can read more in the OTN ariticle "Challenging the Diabolical Developer: A Conversation with JavaOne Rock Star Martijn Verburg." Follow Martijn @karianna.

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.

Congratulations to these new Java Champions!

Tuesday Jun 19, 2012

Victor Grazi, Java Champion!

Congratulations to Victor Grazi, who has been made a Java Champion! He was nominated by his peers and selected as a Java Champion for his experience as a developer, and his work in the Java and Open Source communities.

Grazi is a Java evangelist and serves on the Executive Committee of the Java Community Process, representing Credit Suisse - the first non-technology vendor on the JCP. He also arranges the NY Java SIG meetings at Credit Suisse's New York campus each month, and he says it has been a valuable networking opportunity. He also is the spec lead for JSR 354, the Java Money and Currency API.

Grazi has been building real time financial systems in Java since JDK version 1.02! In 1996, the internet was just starting to happen, Grazi started a dot com called Supermarkets to Go, that provided an on-line shopping presence to supermarkets and grocers. Grazi wrote most of the code, which was a great opportunity for him to learn Java and UI development, as well as database management. Next, he went to work at Bank of NY building a trading system. He studied for Java certification, and he noted that getting his certification was a game changer because it helped him started to learn the nuances of the Java language. He has held other development positions, "You may have noticed that you don't get as much junk mail from Citibank as you used to - that is thanks to one of my projects!" he told us. Grazi joined Credit Suisse in 2005 and is currently Vice President on the central architecture team.

Grazi is proud of his open source project, Java Concurrent Animated, a series of animations that visualize the functionality of the components in the java.util.concurrent library. "It has afforded me the opportunity to speak around the globe" and because of it, has discovered that he really enjoys doing public presentations. He is a fine addition to the Java Champions program.

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. Nominees are named and selected through a peer review process. Java Champions get the opportunity to provide feedback, ideas, and direction that will help Oracle grow the Java Platform. This interchange may be in the form of technical discussions and/or community-building activities with Oracle's Java Development and Developer Program teams.

Monday Nov 21, 2011

New Java Champion: Michael Levin

Welcome Michael Levin to Java Champion community!

Michael is a JUG leader involved with Orlando, FL OrlandoJUG, the Gainesville, FL GatorJUG, the West African JUG SeneJUG and the New Orleans, LA CajunJUG. Michael is based in the USA. He is a business owner, and his business, Cambridge Web Design, Inc., specializes in custom software and Web2.0 website development (www.cambridgeweb.ie). He recently provided JCertif Java Training in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. He also founded Codetown, an online community for software developers, located at www.codetown.us. He also has a tech podcast called Swampcast.  You can follow him on Twitter @mikelevin.

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. This interchange may be in the form of technical discussions and/or community-building activities with Oracle's Java Development and Developer Program teams.

Java Champions are:
    •    leaders
    •    technical luminaries
    •    independent-minded and credible
    •    involved with some really cool applications of Java Technology or some humanitarian or educational effort
    •    able to evangelize or influence other developers

Congratulations to Michael on becoming the latest Java Champion!

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