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Paul is a Sun Certified Java Programmer working out of Missoula, Montana.
Paul had a web site dedicated to Java discussion that he started in November of 1998. He merged his site into JavaRanch when Kathy turned it over to him. His contributions include the Saloon, the Cattle Drive, most of the bunkhouse, some of the code barn, the coop, gramps and granny.
Paul is an organic farmer wannabe. He is a certified master gardener and a certified permaculture designer. He cares for a large garden and several fruit trees and hopes to someday live on a full size farm. Paul wrote a fairly popular article on lawn care in 1994 with an emphasis on reducing the use of toxic gick. He has since written similar articles on the use of diatomaceous earth, the mighty, the glorious, the amazing Sepp Holzer, raised garden beds, electric heaters, raising chickens and set up some permaculture forums. You can keep up with Paul on his Missoula blog.
For more info see Paul Wheaton
Kathy is a Sun Certified Java Programmer and a Sun Certified Java Instructor.
She travels the globe spreading the word about Java by teaching a variety of Java courses through Sun Educational Services. When she's not traveling, she's preparing new courses on Enterprise Java and writing books and articles.
Kathy started Java Ranch in January, 1998 and turned the site over to Paul Wheaton in January, 2000. Since Paul didn't want to bear the title "cowgirl", Kathy kept that title for herself and gave Paul the title "trailboss".
Kathy's contributions to the ranch include the original Rules Roundup Game, some of the bunkhouse,
the campfire stories and most of the code barn.
The Trail Boss picks one Marshal from time to time as someone who is most likely to be able to jump on issues as they come up
Andrew is a senior software engineer at Overstock.com in Salt Lake City - a job that he thinks is one of the best you can get.
Prior to Overstock.com, Andrew has worked in many different sized companies dealing with many different problems in countries all over the world. From companies with only 2 developers, all the way up to Amazon.com with it's several thousand developers. During these jobs, he has worked on Occupational Health and Safety systems, Communication systems, Airline systems, Banking systems, and Retail systems.
Side note: he says that he has been working with computers for too long (his first program was written on mark-sense cards (similar to punch cards)) and his experience spans a good number of different types of hardware, operating systems, and network protocols.
Andrew has currently passed SCJP 1.2, SCJP 1.4, SCJD, SCWCD, SCBCD, and part I of SCEA.
Andrew is best known for authoring the best selling Sun Certified Java Developers guide (SCJD). He has also contributed on a number of other best selling Java titles including: Head First Servlets and JSPs, Head First Design Patterns, Head Rush Ajax, The Sun Certified Java Programmers Guide (SCJP).
When he was living in Sydney, Andrew liked to go to the nearby beaches to go swimming or snorkeling, go on bush walks, go bike riding, or go horse riding or roller blading. Some of those are still possible, but the water in Seattle is too cold for most of the beach activities.
For more info see BioAndrewMonkhouse
"...The idea is that at any given time there are exactly five marshals. In time, I might select somebody else to be a new marshal - thus displacing one of the existing marshals. These are the five sheriffs that are the biggest contributors to CodeRanch right now."
Bear has been turning coffee into quality software since 1976 when he starting programming in BASIC on a Control Data Cyber.
He resides in Austin TX, and is currently a Senior UI Developer for a company that creates a massively scalable object storage platform.
Having managed to wrestle two Electrical Engineering degrees from the University of Massachusetts, he taught in the Graduate Computer Engineering Program of that institution for a decade or so. He has also served stints with Digital Equipment Corporation, Lightbridge Inc., Dragon Systems, Works.com, Logitech, and a whole slew of other companies no one has ever heard of (or that he's ashamed to admit association with).
He also served military time as a platoon leader and infantry trainer, teaching infantry soldiers how to blow up tanks -- skills he brings to his Marshal duties on the Ranch.
When he should be tending to more pressing matters, Bear likes to ride his V-Star, dabble in digital photography and video editing, cook BIG food, and read voraciously (mostly Sci-Fi and techo-stuff). He's also nerdy enough to actually write web applications for fun (if not for profit, alas).
Bear is hopelessly addicted to caffeine and rationalizes it by calling himself a "coffee snob" and buying outrageously priced, but truly tasty, coffee beans that he insists on grinding himself.
Ernest's long, strange trip from a humble Ph.D. in chemistry (MIT, '92) to his current position as a Principal Investigator in the Distributed Systems Research department at Sandia National Laboratories is the stuff of legend. When he's not developing desktop tools to help engineers run simulations on the world's fastest computers, he dabbles in rule-based software, and is the developer of Jess, the Programmer's Rule Engine.
Before all his spare time was dominated by Danielle (the little cowgirl in the picture) and Zachary, he used to teach Java, both for the University of California, as an independent consultant, and online. He reckons he's taught more than 3,000 students in all. Ernest has written several books; the latest is Jess in Action
Dr. Friedman-Hill has been known to occasionally -- just occasionally -- engage in leisure activities, which may or may not include cooking, drawing, woodworking, and reading. But mostly he's too busy.
Jeanne Boyarsky was very excited to speak at a conference in 2011 (see picture). She is a 2002 graduate of Queens College with a degree in Computer Science and completed her Master's degree in Computer Information Technology at Regis University in 2005.
Jeanne is certified in the SCEA/OCMJEA and Core Spring. She works as a Java Developer for a bank in New York City. Her development interests include databases, web programming and testing. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, reading and nature.
For more info see BioJeanneBoyarsky
Jaikiran is not a Sun Certified Java Programmer and neither does he have any other certificates :-)
He has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Vishweshwaraiah Technological University in India. He completed his engineering course in 2004 from SDM College of Engineering in Dharwad, India.
Jaikiran started his software development career in a software development company in Pune, in 2004. Four years later, in December 2008, he started working for JBoss and was part of the JBoss AS core team until late 2013, when he decided to move on to some other exciting challenges. He now works at a startup and is enjoying being part of the challenges and the excitement that is commonly associated with startups.
Jaikiran occasionally blogs at http://jaitechwriteups.blogspot.com/ and is also the co-author of the JBoss Enterprise Application - Getting started, DZone RefCard
"...These people have made enormous contributions to JavaRanch, mostly by writing thousands of helpful messages in the Big Moose Saloon. They are experts in using our messaging software and have been given "sheriff" access, otherwise known as administrator access."
Mark owns Perfect World Programming, LLC, a consulting and contract training firm. Specializing in Java, Enterprise Java, iPhone/iPad and Android development. He currently has 5 iPhone and 1 iPad application on the Apple App Store.
Most of the time, Mark is travelling the world training many software developers. Working for companies like SpringSource? and JBoss, as well as N-Tier Training and Sum Global.
He was a technical editor on Head First Design Patterns and the K&B SCJP 5.0 Exam book.
He graduated from USC in 1990 with a BA in Communications. So he can now talk to people.
Michael owns and operates Inkling Research, a band of instructors who teach Java, C, Perl, Unix administration, and enterprise systems management. He is co-author of The Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide, affectionately referred to as RHE on JavaRanch.
He also teaches a variety of technical and IT topics, specialzing in technology adoption. In recent years he has developed custom seminars on products as diverse as Solaris 10 technologies, including Zones, ZFS, and Dtrace; JCAPS; Lustre file system; and Dtrace/Java integration.
Michael occasionally presents at JavaOne? and Java University, mostly for the free conference pass. His current writing project, The Book of Dtrace, is projected for release by No Starch Press late in 2009. It will have a bit of Java stuff in it.
Marilyn is a Sun Certified Java Programmer. She is a contractor based in Denver, Colorado, currently working for IBM
After taking the CattleDrive Java course, she was so impressed with the results that she volunteered to be in charge of the Cattle Drive. The course has expanded quite a bit since that time and keeps her busy. She also maintains the Java Programming Style Guide. In her spare time she plays principal viola in the Niwot Timberline Symphony Orchestra as well as playing for weddings and other special events with the Ptarmigan String Quartet.
For more info see BioMarilynDeQueiroz
Bert is an SCJP 1.4, wrote his first FORTRAN program in 1974 (he was very young), and has been developing software ever since. Bert is co-author of 'Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide' ( K&B ), and 'Head First Java'. He is also the co-author of 'Head First EJB' and a little later 'Head First SCWCD', which is why he is tired. He has written in Java, C, TIRS, FORTRAN, COBOL, Basic, RPG, Smalltalk, etc.
Bert is an avid Go player, skier, hiker, back-packer, and soon to be Airstream owner. He hopes to soon be making his posts to JavaRanch from his hi-tech, satellite equipped, 28' CCD. With any luck these posts will issue from the Yukon, Denali, Homer, Wells Grey, Jasper, Kalispell, Bend, Telluride, Santa Fe, Ojai, Brice, Sedona, Sioux Lookout, or Victoria. Regardless of the location, Bert will be reading science fiction, astronomy, quantum physics, or learning theory books with his wife Kathy.
marc weber is the inventor of the weber grill. when he's not grilling, barbequeing, marinating
or roasting, he likes to code. marc only uses lower case letters and only under duress will he
use his [shift] key in order to utilize the occasional double quote or angled bracket.
marc dreams of the day that he'll be the only marc of any significance on javaranch, but
unfortunately for him, and fortunately for the rest of us... there are already 3 others
(2 with a 'k' and 1 with a 'c'). marc has already learned that any sheriff on the javaranch can,
and will, without provocation mess with his javaranch account. this is just another example of that.
Henry earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from The Cooper Union in 1987. In 1994, while working for Sun Microsystems, he learned a new (then unnamed) programming language, to create demos for a financial trade show. Little did he know that this language would become the powerhouse that it is today.
When not in front of a computer, Henry is an instrument rated private pilot, who also likes to dabble in archery, cooking, Scuba diving, and traveling to different places with his wife, Nini.
Katrina had a really hard time figuring out what she wanted to be when she grew up, and finally settled on biologist. After commencing her studies, she discovered that she liked programming more than cloning, and spent more and more of her spare time learning to code. She completed her Bachelors Degree in Genetics at the University of Oslo, which has never really come in handy for anything, since all her jobs since then have been in software development.
Campbell went to the Sun fora in 2005, about the week before they changed their equivalent of the Ranch Office forum. Many people said that was stifling complaints about the forum, and went to JavaRanch. He followed, liked it here and was made Bartender in 2008 and has been a Sheriff since 2010. He had done some programming in Basic and Fortran before some of the current Sheriffs were born, but spent much of the next 33 years in Pathology. Getting fed up of jokes about a dead-end job, he went for an MSc in computing ... liked the University life and is now researching a weakly reversible computer language.
After cruising through high school without much effort, Rob first decided to ignore everybody's good advice and joined the Dutch army. Fortunately for him, he soon found out what a bad choice that was so he attended the Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where he earned his Master's degree in 2004. He now works as an enterprise Java developer at a web development company in Eindhoven.
Rob is SCJP 1.4 since 2006 and SCJP 6 since 2008. On January 19th 2009 he added SCWCD 5 to this, on October 18th 2013 OCEEJBD 6, and on March 26th 2015 OCEJPAD 6.
Ankit graduated in 2008 and has been working as Java developer since then and completed his Master's degree along the way. He learned C++ as his first programming language in school, then learned Java during his graduation. He held grab of Java EE, Spring, EJB and Struts doing his job. He still likes to play with C++ every now and then and tries to do some cool stuff with Photoshop.
In his free time he likes to play computer games, watch movies and TV shows. He also likes to spend his time reading Java books and surfing on the internet. He and his friends likes to hang out in weekends trying to figure out what to do on next weekends
Tim grew up in England. He's been programming various things as a hobby since the late 80's (when he was about 10 or so) and has been doing it for a living since 2005. He did an electrical engineering undergraduate degree at Plymouth University graduating in 2002, didn't really make a proper career out of it, so upon deciding that programming was the thing for him went on to do a computer science Masters degree at the University of Bath in 2005. That got him his first programming job and the rest, as they say, is history.
He currently works in Belfast, Northern Ireland as a Software Engineer. In his spare time he is a world class procrastinator, especially when there's chores to be done. When not procrastinating you might find him out cycling the back roads of County Down, or running around Bangor where he lives with his Wife.
Roel De Nijs
Roel was born (November 22, 1979), raised and is still living in Wilrijk (Antwerp, Belgium). His little boy's dream was to become a Mathematics teacher and during the Secondary Teacher Training he came in contact with IT for the very first time (besides playing some games on a Commodore 64 in the early 90's). He really loved the programming part and spent hours in tweaking his VB applications to perfection (neglecting his other courses a lot). After one and a half years the inevitable happened: he ended the teacher training and switched to an IT education and got a (professional) bachelor in Applied Computer Sciences in 2002 (at Karel de Grote-Hogeschool, Antwerp).
In 2004 he found his first job as a Java developer at the IT department of Aquafin (responsible for waste water treatment in Flandres). After 3 years he switched to a consultancy company (Cegeka Industrie nv, formerly known as MSP nv) to broaden his Java knowledge. In January 2010 he started as a self-employed Java developer (consultant). During his professional career he already passed several certifications: SCJA, SCJP (3 different versions) and SCJD (with a perfect score).
A lot of his free time is spent on sports: soccer, cycling, tennis, running, snooker,... in an active role as well as a passive one.
Roel joined CodeRanch in 2004, but it took (for some unknown reason) until 2009 before he became an active regular contributor. Roel has been a Bartender since 2010, and has been a Sheriff since 2015.
Devaka started programming with Pascal and BASIC languages when he was 13, and he has been coding with Java since 2003. Devaka got his bachelor's in computer science from the University of Moratuwa, and currently holds SCJP, SCWCD, and SCBCD certifications. He is mostly known as the author of ExamLab , which is a popular exam simulator for SCJP certification.
When he is not wrangling with his JavaEE and enterprise projects, he likes to play with sneaky web application security stuff.
More about Devaka can be found at his website http://www.devakacooray.com/
"...These people have selflessly volunteered their valuable time to help others learn Java here on JavaRanch. Each person has also taken on the responsibility of moderating one or more of the forums in the Big Moose Saloon, so they bear the title of "bartender"."
Tim got involved in computers because his scientific interests required more arithmetic abilities than he possessed and 4-function pocket calculators hadn't been invented yet.
He might hold all sorts of impressive certifications except that by the time they make up the exams, he's off learning the next generation of technology.
He started off doing systems programming for mainframes and minicomputers, detoured into embedded systems, and helped pioneer object-oriented programming by producing one of the first commercial C++ implementations for a personal computer platform.
He lives in Florida because any place further north would be too cold in the winter!
Tim has been Bartender since 2003.
Joe Ess is a Sun Certified Java Developer and holds two bachelor's degrees: Literature and Computer Science. After an ignoble start to his career, he wrote code for 5 years for 3 different employers before finally writing something someone actually used, he has settled into a comfortable position maintaining a website where he actively tries to incorporate as many technologies as possible ("This week I'm going to post user comments to Bugzilla via XMLRPC. Why? Because I can.").
Joe has been Bartender since 2004.
Fred graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1990, with a degree in Theatre. After spending a few years as a bookstore clerk, a high school math teacher, and an airline reservation agent, he finally settled in as a programmer in 1999, and earned his SCJP certificate a few years later.
Fred lives in a small suburb in St. Louis County, Missouri with his wife Stacey, and his daughter Olivia, whom was adopted from China in 2005. Fred is probably the only person who can directly thank the JavaRanch for his having a child - you can read about much of his adoption journey here.
He is, however, still learning to use the shift key in his posts.
Paul Clapham has been in the commercial computing business since 1974, when men were men and computers had 32K bytes of memory. Currently he is living in Vancouver, Canada, working for a company that runs its business on IBM iSeries computers, whose primary programming language is RPG. (No, that's not Role Playing Game or Rocket Propelled Grenade!) So when IBM announced Java as its "strategic direction" for the system back in 1999, he was assigned to figure out what that meant.
He learned Java by reading questions on online forums and finding out and posting the answers. Most of the time this worked out quite well.
Paul has two adult children and spends his holiday time in distant countries with his wife Rosemary, birding and hiking and visiting local craft markets.
Paul has been Bartender since 2006.
Jesper de Jong
Jesper's interest in computers started when he was about 10 years old, when he saw a friend typing in hexadecimal codes on a home computer which impressed him so much that he still remembers it. He got his own Commodore 64 when he was 13 on which he started programming in BASIC and assembly language and he has been a computer wizard ever since.
After studying electrical engineering at the Delft Technical University (in The Netherlands), he started his career as a software developer. He has been working with Java since 2000. He has done (and is doing) projects for many different clients using Java, from large Swing applications and web applications to enterprise middleware systems.
Jesper is SCJP and SCWCD certified since 2001 and 2002 respectively.
Scott Selikoff is a senior Java/J2EE software developer with years of experience in web-based database-driven architectures. He owns and operates Selikoff Solutions, a software consulting company servicing businesses in the NY/NJ/PA area. Scott is also the author of a Java Tech Blog providing stories and advice to budding Java/J2EE developers.
In his spare time, Scott enjoys swing dancing and playing fetch with his dog.
Amit's first encounter with Java was in 2003 when he was learning Object Oriented languages for the first time. He discovered(?) that Java was a bit better than the 8085 opcodes and C++ . As of now he is a SCWCD for J2EE 5.
As a kid he always dreamt of becoming a fighter pilot until he got a pair of spectacles due to excessive computer games. So he had to opt computers for a revenge.He did Bachelors in Engineering from Shivaji University in India .
When he is not trying hands at code, he's reading books, shaking head at music, playing computer games, trying luck with photography and cooking, with friends or on a weekend adventure.If he's doing something that's not on the list, then its probably sleeping. Sometimes he gets thoughts of becoming a rockstar , but he does know exactly what it means being a rockstar, he just wants to be one .
Amit has been Bartender since 2008.
Maneesh started fiddling with the computer in 2000. Understandably his first exposure was Windows, and the copy file graphics absolutely wowed him!
He holds absolutely no academic qualifications whatever and is a die hard of fan of Mark Twain, who once said, "I never let schooling interfere with my education".
He is a voracious reader, and is found immersed in books, when he is not pretending to work. The way to his heart is over a glass of nice whiskey. The way he won a bet with friends, in a seedy bar, after 10 rounds, way back in 1995, has passed into legend.
Peter started his computer career in 1980 supporting a COBOL accounting package running on a Burroughs mini-computer. He started working in Java in 1998, and was lead designer on projects such as a JDBC driver for the DMSII database that runs on Unisys mainframes. For several years he was been chief architect on a team that analyzed performance of Java applications on large-scale Intel-based machines (8 to 96 CPUs), and also evaluated various open source software for enterprise readiness. Currently he is an architect in the Unisys Cloud Computing organization, acts as an open source evangelist, and is doing weird and strange things with Maven, making it do weird and wonderful things way beyond Java development. Peter speaks often about Java performance, JBoss technologies and other topics at industry conferences such as the Computer Measurement Group conference, Linux World and JBoss World. He is co-author of the book JBoss in Action.
Peter has been Bartender since 2008.
Martijn Verburg is a Dutch Born Kiwi who is also a permanent resident of a few other nations, he likes to call it being a 'citizen of the world' ;). Martijn co-leads the London (UK) Java User Group (JUG) and also is heavily involved in the London graduate/undergraduate developer, CTOs and software craftsmanship communities.
He's currently the CEO of jClarity - a new Java/JVM performance analytics company. He also still occasionally contributes to an open source middleware platform (Ikasan) and also spends a good deal of time herding monkeys on another open source project that deals with creating characters for d20 based role playing games (PCGen).
Martijn is the co-author of the "The Well-Grounded Java Developer (Covers Java 7)" for Manning publications (with Ben Evans). and speaks at conferences on a wide range of topics including open sourcing software, software craftsmanship and the latest advancements in OpenJDK. He was made a Java Champion in 2012 for services to the Java community.
Apart from that he enjoys traveling to weird and wonderful places, Football (the round ball version), Dance music (reach for the lasers!), Amateur Astronomy (Ohhh pretty shiny things!) and of course hanging out with his wife and pals (just in case she reads this ;p).
Martijn has been Bartender since October 2008.
Sorry, no pictures of me :-)
Steve graduated from Niagara University (NY) in '99 with a B.S. in Biology, and hung around doing basic research in Philadelphia, PA for a few years. But now he works for a Biotechnology company that makes hardware used to take lots of images of cells (High Content Screening) used by drug companies. Steve is a QA tester for the software and, most awesomely, gets assigned to the 'special projects' with short deadlines and high impact: the job never gets old!
Steve learned programming in college, taking a C++ course. He learned Java on his own, has no certs., and really doesn't program professionally. Has taken on Python and Android recently.
Steve likes a good hike, programs for fun, and can't stop watching the Phillies beat up on the National League!
Steve has been a Bartender since 2009.
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
Cameron Mc Kenzie is the most shameless self-promoter of all of the JavaRanch staff, and even this bio had to be edited to remove a bunch of self-aggrandising links that he tried to stuff in here.
Cameron holds two polar opposite Sun/Oracle certifications, namely the Oracle Certified Java Associate and Oracle Certified Java EE 5 Architect designations.
When Cameron's not living on his boat in the Toronto Islands, he can be found skiing down a snowy mountain in Alberta one day, and panning for gold in his secret money-pit in Nevada the next. Yes, people are always amazed at his ability to traverse climatic extremes. At least, that's what he thinks people mean when they constantly refer to him as being 'cold-blooded.'
If you want to be a victim of his flagrant self-promotion, you can check out www.hibernatemadeeasy.com, but don't say we didn't warn you.
Cameron has been a Bartender since 2009.
Roberto Perillo is a SCJP, SCWCD, SCJD and SCBCD, lives in Brazil, and has been working with Java since 2005. He started programming COBOL at the age of 15 back in high school, and started working with web development in 2001 in a small company. Some years later, went to IBM, where he had the opportunity to co-found the ibm.com GWPS LA Innovation Team and work on several challenging projects. Still in IBM, won 2 prizes for developing and leading innovation projects. In 2007, moved to Avaya, where he also had the opportunity to work on several challenging projects. He currently works as software architect at Embraer, in Sao Jose dos Campos.
Roberto has bachelor's degree in Computer Science and has already finished a Software Engineering Specialization course at the Aeronautical Institute of Technology (ITA), where he is currently post-graduating in Electronic and Computer Engineering as well. He has papers published in workshops of consecrated conferences, such as RAM-SE/ECOOP and ACoM/OOPSLA, and is also part of the technical team of the MundoJ magazine (a brazilian Java magazine) where he often publishes articles as well.
In his free time, he likes to run, play basketball, swim, play the guitar (some of his neighbors say he plays just like Jimmy Page!) and listen to music (mostly The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Alanis Morissette, Slayer, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Frank Sinatra and some brazilian stuff, like Tom Jobim, MPB-4 and bossa nova). Besides that, he's a huge fan of the Sao Paulo Futebol Clube soccer team.
Roberto has been a Bartender since 2010.
Deepak has been a Bartender since 2010. He has a bachelors degree in electrical and electronics. His first language was BASIC and the first programs he laid eyes on were gorilla.bas and nibbles.bas.
Deepak works under the SOA wing of a major corporation. He has several java certifications under his belt and tries to gather more when time allows. When he is not coding he likes to play TT and works on pet projects.
Born in 1967 in Belgium, and still living there. Jan has a degree in computer science, and works in the European IT team of an American company (a big one). Active in the open source community, with special interest for Ant, JUnit and FOP. Started the JUnitPDFReport project on SourgeForce?.
Jan has been a Bartender since 2010.
Greg has been a Rancher since 2002 and a bartender since 2010. He's been doing software development since 1993, working in C, C++, and Java. After a short stint as software IT architect for IBM in Viet Nam from 2003 to 2005, he returned to San Diego and Java development, working long-term contracts in sectors ranging from public health to transportation to power distribution.
Matthew is a software developer and application maintainer in a university in the UK. He also teaches introductory object-oriented software development part-time. He took the SCJP/OCMJD certifications, and started contributing to JavaRanch, mainly to keep his hand in as he doesn't get to use Java as much as he'd like in his day job.
Matthew was brought up in Yorkshire, and has a background in mathematics. So far, the only way he's been able to combine these influences is in an unhealthy interest in cricket statistics.
Matthew has been a bartender since 2011.
Retired Electrical engineer, who has learned all the Java he knows on forums like these and is happy and proud to be part of this community.
Darryl has been a bartender since 2011.
Stefan has been a bartender since 2011.
Stephan van Hulst
Stephan has no degrees or certifications to speak of, except his swimming and high school diplomas. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer science at the University of Twente. He has worked as a ferryman for two years, and is hoping to start a career in the computer industry once he finishes his studies.
His interest in programming started when he got his first programmable graphing calculator, and promptly started writing chess and card games in a modified version of BASIC. A friend pointed him in the direction of Pascal, which Stephan then used throughout high school. He got introduced to Java when he first had Programming classes at university.
Stephan enjoys playing board games with his friends, team sports, and he's very passionate about music.
Stephan has been a bartender since 2011.
Mohamed Sanaulla is a Software developer at Oracle and has been a Bartender since 2011.
Martin was fascinated by computers ever since he encountered. He flirted briefly with various dialects of BASIC, but settled down to learn real programming with Pascal. He picked assembler, C and some "pure Windows" programming along the way.
Soon after the start of his programming career some fifteen years ago he anchored in a small, cozy company, most of the time acting as his own boss, flexing out his C muscles. He guarded his happiness sloppily, though, and what was expected to be just a small affair with Visual Basic developed into bumpy and complicated relationship of hope and hate. A decade later, some three years before now, he found his rescue in Java.
Martin prefers to learn on his own, which usually means from his own mistakes and, when the despair seems insurmountable, some documentation. Therefore he lacks the formal certifications and some of the most basic Java knowledge he didn't happen to need yet.
Martin tries to balance his spare time among some good reading, an amateur interest in cosmology, astronomy and particle physics, and (last but not least) his loving wife and son.
Martin has been a bartender since 2012
Junilu first caught the programming bug in the 1985 while he was trying to finish a degree in Mechanical Engineering in his hometown, Iligan City, in the southern Philippines. His programming fever was so bad that he had to learn Pascal and BASIC at the same time and enroll in Computer Science courses to satisfy his growing obsession with computers. As fate would have it, he met his future wife in one of those classes.
A couple of months before finishing all his BSME requirements in 1989, he was offered jobs by each of the two pineapple packing companies in Mindanao, Dole and Del Monte, and chose Del Monte as the launch pad for his career as a professional software developer. After two years of programming in Clipper and RPG, he decided to set off to find his fortune in exotic Singapore, with forays into Hong Kong and Malaysia. By 1997, he had picked up some good experience with COBOL, VB, and Delphi. He jumped on an opportunity to ride the Y2K wave and migrated with his young family to the US where they ended up setting roots in Ohio.
Junilu switched to Java in 2000 and restlessly moved from one job to another until he finally got roped into his current job at a San Jose based networking company by the best manager that he has ever had the pleasure of working with. He now lives a fairly balanced life, working from home in Columbus OH and watching his kids grow much too big to sit on his lap as pictured here.
Junilu has been passionate about Agile software development since reading Kent Beck's seminal book about Extreme Programming in 1999. He has learned to calm himself and temper his fervor for Agile techniques and producing great software with patience, empathy, and understanding by studying Aikido and Aikijujutsu, in which he currently holds a 1st dan rank.
Anayonkar is from India, holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science & Engineering and started his career as a programmer in late 2007.
He is SCJP, SCWCD, OCMJD and OCEEJBD.
Anayonkar majorly started using CodeRanch during his OCMJD preparation, and once he was done with it (the certification, that is), he continued to help others in the same way he was helped during preparation.
Ranganathan Kaliyur Mannar
Ranga is from Chennai (India). He has been programming for over 12 years. He graduated in Computer Science studying all languages from Basic to Cobol to FoxPro? to Oracle Forms to PB to VB. After finishing college, he taught Unix, C, C++ for an year before starting to work as a programmer. He worked in Unix, C/C++ for 3 years while developing a Swing GUI frontend for the same. And been hooked on to Swing ever since even though the whole world has moved on! He then jumped into developing J2EE applications, but never understood the jsp stuff. He has lately got hooked up with NetBeans? Rich Client Platform (oh no, yet another GUI stuff?). Ranga daydreams at his dayjob and sleeps in the night. He is also hitting the gym vigorously in the hope of building muscles which can distract the attention from his shining head (due to thin hair, not any enlightment). Ranga spends time with his computer (what else?) during weekends - no, not programming, but playing games and chess on the net.
Ranga has been a bartender since 2012
In the dim and distant past Tony built his own wagon, hitched it to his 3 legged mule and staggered out west learning as we went. Along the way he rode in several cattle drives, had a spell as a mountain man, tried his hand at gold panning and did a bit of cattle rustling before finally finding the love of a good women which led to him settling down and opening a saloon.
Tony has been a bartender in real life since 2002 and here since 2012
Kemal is a prochoice oriented guy, passionate in his interests and eager to gain an in-depth knowledge in every issue related to programming. His main occupation is to make a good choice, and that's what makes him unique, or to some people weird? Believing that we are what we choose to be, Kemal didn't wait for things to be happened by destiny, he created his own, many years ago... Back then, he was in elementary school, and living in such unstimulative environemt, like his hometown is, he didn't have so many options. But, living with father-matehmatician was something what influenced his choice. By getting his first computer, his biggest passion has been born. He started researching and learning by himself, and that hard work, day by day, became his relaxation and his biggest love. Following it, he made one more choice in the same direciton, and enrolled Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering. By this step, he was finally surounded by people who understand him, what increased his motivation in becoming what he always wanted to be: a programmer.
Eventhough Bachelor curriculum offerd him a lot of things he wanted to learn and improve, like Object Oriented Software Development and Algorithm Design Analaysis are, he didn't allow formal education to shape him. So, he was always following researching in the fields of his interests. During his BA studies, he was mostly exploiting Java and C#. Today, he is an MA student at the same faculty, but with some new interests. He focuses his work mainly on these topics: Software Security, Rapid Software Development and new language he recently "discovered": Ruby.
Working experience certainly won't take that much space in this biography, because being a student means a lot of work related to faculty, and not enough time to volunteer and get some formal experience. Untill now, Kemal worked in two companies as a practicioner, but unfortunatelly, none of these positions had nothing to do with Java, but to C#.
So, that would be enough about computer-related interests. Yes, he has a life out of computer. He enjoys hanging up with his friends and his beautifull girlfriend who is his biggest support in anything he chooses to do. Also, he likes watching good movies and listening to music. Here, one special musical genre must be highlighted: it's old traditional music which really helps him to relax and transports him to some other dimension. About his hobbies – he knows what he'd like to do, but for some reasons, it's mostly impossible. In general, he likes to fill the drive and adrenaline. Hence, so far he has some plans about taking some classes in scuba diving.
Kemal has been a bartender at Ranch since 2012
Jayesh's love with computers started he was in 6th grade in 1986 and his dad got him a book that talked about history of computing and a little bit of future of computing. Jayesh begged his dad to get him a computer. His uncle got him a ZX spectrum as a birthday gift, and Jayesh learned to program in Basic. That thing had 128K of RAM, and a tape drive for permanent storage. He had to wait for his program to load and he liked it!!
Jayesh got his Bachelor's in Computer Engineering from University of Bombay in 1996 and pretty soon immigrated to the US in 1998. He worked as a Visual C++ programmer professionally since 95, and eventually got sick of fixing GPFs and switched to Java full time in 2000. He hasn't got sick of fixing NPEs yet :)
Over the past 17 years, Jayesh has played almost all roles, from code monkey to tester to team lead to PM. Currently, Jayesh works at a not-so-small-anymore firm that provides software and services to banks. Right now Jayesh's role is of an architect, which basically means that he gets to get his hands dirty in any place he wants to
Jayesh is heavily into grid computing . He has built a product that performs Monte Carlo simulations on loans, and tries to predict the performance of the loan under given market conditions. That's a very resource intensive process, so the processing is farmed out on the EC2 cloud. He uses a lot of spring and hibernate, and maven as the build tool
Nowadays on the ranch, Jayesh mostly hang around recent topics, and sometimes he drops in to the threads, performance, spring and maven forums. You will mostly find him reminding people to add code tags to their posts
Jayesh has been a bartender at Ranch since 2012
Chris studied languages at university in Scotland but rapidly discovered on graduation in the late 1980s that employers had no use for people with a degree in German and no marketable skills. Happily, he stumbled into IT and managed to sustain a plausible facsimile of a professional career as a freelance Oracle application developer for many years. However, other jobs in his working history include gardener, grave-digger, dish-washer, English-language teaching assistant and German-English translator. These days, he's moving back into Java EE development, which so far seems to consist of 20% coding and 80% fighting configuration problems. He is also keen to stave off intellectual decline by exploring the wonderful worlds of functional programming and data science in his spare time, but fears his brain may not cope with this unaccustomed exercise.
Chris is not a people person, and only became a Javaranch bartender in 2012 by exploiting an opportune case of mistaken identity where Javaranch staff clearly confused him with a far more amiable and knowledgeable "Chris Webster" whose identity he swiftly suborned. This error has yet to be corrected.
Chris lives with his wife in the Welsh mountains, where he finds various excuses to avoid gardening in favour of trips to the pub. He has no interest whatsoever in sport, except for the annual ritual of Wales beating the English at rugby. Again.
Frits is from Holland (or the Netherlands) and has been a software engineer for about 15 years now. Frits got his MSc in Computer Science from the Technical University in Twente back in 1996. Although he started from coding in C, after a few years he jumped into the big Java world. Nowadays he is mostly involved in functional design but trying to keep the coding alive by doing some of the Oracle Certifications. He currently holds the SCJP5, SCWCD5, OCEEJB6 and OCEWSD6 certificates and enjoys writing and sharing his notes. One of his earlier teachers pointed him at the Javaranch and he sort of became addicted to the site.
In his spare time (as his son says: why do you have to sleep? It is such a waste of time!) he enjoys doing sports (table tennis, running, fitness) and doing some voluntary work for the Mama Jane orphanage in Jinja (Uganda), where he has lived and worked for half a year. Apart from that he is a husband and a father of two children who started doing Athletics recently. In the weekends you might find him roaming around, cheering and making pictures on the Athletic fields near Amersfoort.
Frits has been a bartender since 2013
K. Tsang is from Hong Kong and has been in the IT industry for over 8 years covering system support, software development, and technical consulting. Having a computer engineering background from college and MBA education, he was, and still is, able to solve both business and technical problems, namely in areas of CRM, BI/DW, CMS.
Back in the days, he had a hard time deciding what or which programming to focus on. At the end Java was a winner over say .NET and achieved SCJP and SCJD before Oracle takeover in 2009.
In his spare time, he enjoys reading, watching movies and hanging out with friends. He may once in a while start his own (non-work related) projects when his inspiration strikes.
Feel free to address me as Tsang in the forums.
Tsang has been a bartender since 2013
James is a senior software engineer from Northern Ireland and has worked in the Java/open source arena for over 10 years now. Having graduated from Queens University Belfast in 2000 with a BSc in Mathematics, he furthered his interest in computing by completing a MSc in Computer Science at Bristol University in 2001. It was during this time that his love of Java developed but limited job opportunities in this field led him to complete the SCJP 1.4 certification in his own time (Sun Certified Programmer and Developer book, thanks Kathy & Bert). Since then, he is covered a broad range of JEE and web technologies, including SOAP/RESTful web services, EJB3, JPA and JSF. He is currently working for a software house, based in the South West of England, UK.
In his spare time, James enjoy sports (soccer, tennis and basketball), reading and spending time with family. You may notice his mood change if his beloved Liverpool FC have just lost a match!
James has been a bartender since 2013
J. Kevin Robbins
Kevin lives on the Virginia/North Carolina border with his wife, daughter, and granddaughter. He started out in the IT field as a hardware field engineer, servicing IBM mainframes. He worked on 360's and 370's, 43xx's, unit record equipment, System 34/36/38 and too many others to name. This put him in the right place when the first PC's were released around 1982 and one of his accounts started buying them by the dozens. He spent the next 10 to 15 years installing and servicing PC's, AT's, and PS2's (arg!). He eventually got certified in Novell networks and did that for a few years.
All this time he was dabbling in programming with GWBASIC and Turbo Pascal, but only out of curiosity and for fun and with no formal training except for one semester of Fortran. But after 20 some years of hardware support it was time for a change and he had to decide how to spend the second half of his career. After much soul-searching he realized that he enjoyed the challenge of solving programming problems more than anything else he had done over the years and so he locked myself in a room with a stack of Java books and a few months later earned the SCJP. He was just starting as a junior programmer when his employer almost went belly-up and fired 170+ people in one day, himself included. He realized that he was over-qualified for hardware support and under-qualified for programming, hence job interviewers were not exactly ringing his phone off the hook. So at age 49 he headed off to college and earned an associates degree in programming.
Today he works for a manufacturing company where he is the only web developer on site. He does it all, for better or worse; design, server-side, client-side, UI, even maintaining the Linux/Apache web servers. He's even learning RPG so he can backup the iSeries programmer/operator. When not writing code or reading books about writing code, he enjoys hunting, fishing, gardening, and spoiling his granddaughter. Kevin joined the Ranch in December 2010 and has been a Bartender since 2014.
Liutauras was born in Lithuania.
His first touched programming language was Pascal on his reliable IBM 55SX machine with Windows 3.1x, in those days Windows stability was equivalent to Unix systems, so, the memories of childhood remain in good.
After a bite of electronic engineering course in Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, he started his career in Lithuania's Telecom. Once rookie experience were gained, and became cisco certified, he moved to work for company as Cisco Systems and IBM products analyst.
Later on, he moved to government owned company called Lithuanian Radio and Television Centre, where he played systems analyst role in 1071 ft high tv tower.
Back in 2010, after visiting London, he felt in love with this city, so decided to spin the coin and try his luck, where he lives now with his fiancee.
Currently working in a company as a programmer analyst, where creating tools to automatise Big Data analysis for the well known IT companies as IBM, Intel, Hewlett Packard, Cisco Systems, et cetera. He's mainly interested in programming with Java, Python and QlickView?.
Along with the work, he's doing an evening course in University of London, computing discipline, where he specialises in software development.
The best way to runaway from daily routine he finds cycling his fixed gear bike, as well as playing piano.
"...These are people that have made large contributions to JavaRanch outside of the Big Moose Saloon. Yes! There is more to the ranch than the saloon."
David's background includes programming, systems and network management, and web development. He currently works as a contract web application developer. By night he plays drums with other jazz, rock, fusion and reggae players. Although David's contribution to Javaranch was fairly small, Paul insisted on a bio and pic because of their long standing friendship; he also threatened to supply his own - completely fictional - bio if David didn't get busy and come up with something.
"...Major contributors to the Java Community who can often be found here (one of whom begged and pleaded to have his picture shown too)."
Marcus is a Sun Certified Java Programmer.
Marcus runs the most popular site on the internet for Java Certification. His hit count is always about 30% ahead of JavaRanch. His motto is "Content Before Cows".
You can find the famous "Marcus Green Site" at http://www.jchq.net/.
But don't bring up the fact that the JavaRanch forums are more popular than his; it's a sensitive topic. :)