Introducing the Java EE Squad!

One of the most satisfying things that I've seen personally over the years is the steady growth of the Java EE community, by and large independent of vendors. Today you have so many key folks in the community like Adam Bien, David Blevins, Antonio Goncalves, Markus Eisele, Peter Pilgrim, Arjan Tijms, David Heffelfinger, Josh Juneau, Bauke Scholtz (aka BalusC)  and Werner Keil just for starters that publicly advocate for and strongly support Java EE. This is a far cry from the largely vendor driven affair that was J2EE and frankly virtually unimaginable even in the Java EE 5 time period when I first decided to become active in the community myself as an independent. Java EE is most fortunate that many of these folks contribute directly back to the standard through JCP expert groups.

To this list of prominent names I am very happy to add another - Rudy De Busscher and his newly formed Java EE Squad. Don't let the name fool you - as Rudy explains in the blog entry linked, the squad isn't about contention or an antagonism to anything in particular. In fact that would be against the true spirit of Java EE that is open, inclusive, pluralistic and supportive of an ecosystem that may take any form it wishes while advancing the goals of choice, vendor-neutrality, stability, ease-of-use and compatibility though an open community standard.

The goal of the squad is most benign and community friendly - to educate through presentations, courses, articles and blogs from a small group of contributors. Perhaps it makes sense for you to even explore joining the group and adding to the growing voice of the Java EE community?

As the group marches forward we will highlight them here just as we highlight the many other parts of the community.


Its ironic how some of the names from Red Hat are conveniently ignored in this list :)

Thank you Oracle!

Posted by Arun Gupta on June 30, 2014 at 10:16 AM PDT #

With all due respect I think you are reading far too much into it. The focus I was aiming for was folks in the community that support Java EE, not vendors. In my mind David Blevins is a borderline case as I know how much time he spent personally on EE advocacy far beyond his day job(s).

I think names from Sun/Oracle and Red Hat almost need not be mentioned they are so prominent such as yourself, Gavin, Bill Burke, Alexis, David Delabassee, Bruno, Eduardo and so many others that happen to work for vendors, past and present.

I sincerely hope this makes sense to you.

Posted by Reza Rahman on June 30, 2014 at 10:39 AM PDT #

You have forgotten about stackoverflow's rockstar, who saves our asses when it comes to JSF, BalusC ;)

Posted by Badum Tss on July 01, 2014 at 11:02 AM PDT #

Good point - I have now added him :-).

Posted by Reza Rahman on July 01, 2014 at 11:07 AM PDT #

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