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Oracle is evil!! Java and open source are doomed! The standards
body is a zombie! .NET is going to eat our lunch. Larry’s planning
on turning you into pet food for his Velociraptors. You’ve all heard
these types of comments and many Java developers feel out of the loop
and powerless to make a difference. This session will explain why
these Interesting Times represent the best opportunity in Java’s
history for passionate developers to get involved and help to steer
Java’s open course as the premier VM and platform for software
development. If you’ve been frustrated by shortcomings in Java
standards then this is the place to come and throw fruit at us! As
your newly elected community representatives to Java’s executive
committee our mandate is to reform and streamline the standards
process and make it accessible to you, the Java developer.
Ben Evans is a cofounder of jClarity, a startup that makes performance tools for development and ops teams. His career highlights to date include holding the position of chief architect for listed derivatives at Deutsche Bank, performance testing the Google IPO, working on the initial UK trials of 3G networks with BT, building award-winning websites for some of Hollywood’s biggest hits of the 90s, developing some of the UK’s very first true ecommerce websites, and providing technology to help some of the UK’s most vulnerable people. Before joining the tech industry, Ben was a researcher in theoretical physics, working on theories which are now being tested at the LHC.
Ben helps to run the London Java Community and represents the user community as a voting member on Java’s governing body, the JCP Executive Committee. He is a Java Champion and JavaOne Rock Star speaker. He is author of The Well-Grounded Java Developer and the new edition of Java in a Nutshell. Ben writes regularly for industry publications and is a frequent speaker at technical conferences worldwide. He holds a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge.
Martijn Verburg is a Java/JEE and open source consultant who is passionate about software craftsmanship and the creative power of technical communities. He currently is the co-leader for the London JUG, runs two open source projects (PCGen and Ikasan EIP) and is a bartender at the Javaranch.
Most recently he’s been speaking at conferences (FOSDEM, DevNexus, TSSJS) and co-writing (With Ben Evans) “The Well-Grounded Java Developer” by Manning publications, which covers Java 7 and polyglot programming on the JVM.
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