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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 senior technologist with well over 10 years professional experience developing and running world-class projects in a number of sectors including finance, gaming, media and third-sector.
His main technical interests are in building high-performance, highly scalable architectures and applying cutting-edge tech to provide competitive advantage. He has worked towards these aims over a wide range of technologies during his career.
His other driving passion is the creation and development of technical communities – from mentoring and developing junior developers, to running focused, agile development teams, through to organizing national events. He helps to organize two very active developer communities – the London Java Community (well over 2000 developers, one of the largest Java user groups in the world) and the Graduate Developer Community – which is focused on bridging the gaps between University and Industry, and improving the quality of graduates entering the profession.
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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