Who’s Your Top Java Ambassador?
Last day to vote in the JAX Innovation Awards 2011!
It’s almost time to reveal the results of the JAX Innovation Awards
2011! The results will be announced at a special Awards
Ceremony at JAX
Conf in San Jose tomorrow, and this is your last chance to
the categories of Most Innovative Java Technology, Most Innovative
Java Company and Top Java Ambassador – the Community Voting will
close on June 21st, at 12:00 p.m. PST.
Every community needs its rockstars, and the Top Java Ambassador
Award recognises those who demonstrate an outstanding commitment as
an advocate of the Java Ecosystem. Our panel of independent Java
experts have narrowed your nominations down to five finalists – but
who deserves the title of Top Java Ambassador? Here are some key
quotes from each finalist’s proposal, to help you answer this tough
Java Champion Adam Bien is a self-employed consultant, lecturer,
software architect, developer, and author in the enterprise Java
sector in Germany who implements Java technology on a large scale.
He is also the author of several books and articles on Java and
J2EE technology, as well as distributed Java programming. His books
include J2EE Patterns, J2EE HotSpots, Java EE 5 Architectures,
Enterprise Architectures, Enterprise Java Frameworks, SOA Expert
Knowledge, and Struts, all published in German.
Martin Odersky heads the programming research group at EPFL. His
research interests cover fundamental as well as applied aspects of
programming languages. They include semantics, type systems,
programming language design, and compiler construction. The main
focus of his work lies in the integration of object-oriented and
functional programming. His research thesis is that the two
paradigms are just two sides of the same coin and should be unified
as much as possible. To prove this, he has experimented with a
number of language designs, from Pizza to GJ to Functional Nets. He
has also influenced the development of Java as a co-designer of
Java generics and as the original author of the current javac
reference compiler. His current work concentrates on the Scala
programming language, which unifies FP and OOP, while staying
completely interoperable with Java and .NET.
Mike Milinkovich is the executive director of the Eclipse
Foundation. In his role at the Foundation, Mike is responsible for
running one of the largest open source communities building Java
technology. He spends a considerable amount of time talking at
conferences, and directly to organizations, on the benefits of
developing Java technology through an open source project. Besides
his work at the Eclipse Foundation, Mike sits on the executive
committee of the JCP and the OpenJDK Governance Board. In
particular, Mike’s current work on the OpenJDK Governance Board is
to help establish an open and transparent governance process for
the OpenJDK community.
SouJava is an established non-profit organization and Java User
Group focused on strengthening the Java developer community.
Founded in 1998 and based in São Paulo, it congregates over 40
thousand members throughout Brazil and in several other countries.
The group participated in many discussions about Java adoption
inside companies and Government agencies and has facilitated
Java-standard and technology adoption for major enterprises in the
public and private sectors. SouJava has recently been elected to
the Executive Committee of the Java Community Process.
The London Java Community
The London Java Community is a young, yet large and vibrant Java
ecosystem community. It has completely transformed the London Java
scene over its short life, growing from 0 to ~1700 members within 3
years and holding on average one event per week. The LJC provides a
space for Java enthusiasts (big and small) to meet in a neutral
setting to promote open standards and technologies. Alongside the
Brazilian JUG, the LJC is also proud to represent Java developers
in voting and participating on standards for the Java ecosystem via
their seat on the Java SE/EE executive committee.
Now, it’s up to you to decide who wins the Top Java Ambassador
Award! Help us celebrate the culture of innovation that epitomises
the Java Ecosystem, and head over to the JAX Innovation Awards 2011
website, to register your vote. And, if you’re at JAX Conf, then
don’t miss the Awards ceremony that takes place at 06:30 pm (PDT)