Our speakers are project leaders, authors, professional trainers, and recognized industry experts. They are the people writing the software you use on a daily basis.
Graeme Rocher is the project lead and co-founder of the Grails web application framework. He's a member of the JSR-241 Expert Group which standardizes the Groovy language. Graeme authored the Definitive Guide to Grails for Apress and is a frequent speaker at JavaOne, JavaPolis, NoFluffJustStuff, JAOO, the Sun TechDays and more. Graeme joined SpringSource in late 2008 upon the acquisition of G2One Inc. Before founding G2One, Graeme was the CTO of SkillsMatter, a skills transfer company specializing in open source technology and agile software development, where Graeme was in charge of the company's courseware development strategy and general technical direction.
As Head of Groovy Development for SpringSource, Guillaume Laforge is the official Groovy Project Manager. He initiated the creation of the Grails web framework, and created the Gaelyk lightweight toolkit for Google App Engine. He is also a frequent conference speaker presenting Groovy and Grails at JavaOne, SpringOne, QCon, the Sun TechDays, and JavaPolis. Guillaume also co-authored Groovy in Action. Before founding G2One, which was acquired by SpringSource in late 2008, and taking the role of VP Technology, Guillaume worked for OCTO Technology, a consultancy focusing on architecture and agile methodologies. While at OCTO, Guillaume developed new offerings around Groovy and Grails for its customers.
Core member of the Grails development team, Jeff Scott Brown, is a Senior Software Engineer with SpringSource. Jeff has been involved in designing and building object oriented systems for over 15 years. Jeff's areas of expertise include web development with Groovy & Grails, Java and agile development.
Dr. Venkat Subramaniam, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with agile practices on their software projects, and speaks frequently at international conferences and user groups. Venkat is also an adjunct faculty and teaches CS courses remotely at the University of Houston. He is author of ".NET Gotchas," coauthor of 2007 Jolt Productivity Award winning "Practices of an Agile Developer," author of "Programming Groovy: Dynamic Productivity for the Java Developer" and "Programming Scala: Tackle Multi-Core Complexity on the Java Virtual Machine" (Pragmatic Bookshelf).
Hans Dockter is the founder and project lead of the Gradle build system and the CEO of Gradleware, a company that provides training, support and consulting for Gradle and all forms of enterprise software project automation in general.
Hans has 13 years of experience as a software developer, team leader, architect, trainer, and technical mentor. Hans is a thought leader in the field of project automation and has successfully been in charge of numerous large-scale enterprise builds. He is also an advocate of Domain Driven Design, having taught classes and delivered presentations on this topic together with Eric Evans. In the earlier days, Hans was also a committer for the JBoss project and founded the JBoss-IDE.
Andres is a Java/Groovy developer and Java Champion, with more than 13 years of experience in software design and development. He has been involved in web and desktop application developments since the early days of Java. He has also been teacher of computer science courses in the most prestigious education institute in Mexico. His current interests include Groovy and Swing. He is a true believer of open source and has participated in popular projects like Groovy, Griffon, JMatter and DbUnit, as well as starting his own projects (Json-lib, EZMorph, GraphicsBuilder, JideBuilder). Founding member and current project lead of the Griffon framework. He blogs periodically at http://jroller.com/aalmiray. You can find him on twitter too as @aalmiray. He likes to spend time with his beloved wife, Ixchel, when not hacking around.
Burt Beckwith has been a software developer for 15 years, most of that as a JVM developer, and for the last five years working with Grails and Groovy. He is a core developer on the Grails team at SpringSource, and has created over 40 Grails plugins. Burt is a frequent speaker at conferences and user groups where he shares his passion for Grails and other Groovy-based technologies, in particular those that are related to persistence, security, and performance. He is the author of "Programming Grails" and blogs at http://burtbeckwith.com/blog/
Cédric Champeau is a core Groovy committer. He joined SpringSource, a division of VMware, in order to help developing the language. Prior to that, he spent several years at Lingway, a software editor, where he used Groovy in multiple industrial contexts including DSLs for natural language processing, scripting or even workflows.
He his currently working on the implementation of static type checking and static compilation for Groovy 2.0.
Colin Harrington is a Principal Consultant at Object Partners, Inc with over 4.5 years of Grails experience. Based in Minnesota, Colin has 10+ years of experience developing web-based applications.
Colin is an agile practitioner and has been a key component of many powerful fast-paced local and remote teams with varying levels of composition and ability. He is a Technical leader and a forward thinker with a knack for delivering potent and engaging web-applications.
Colin is an active member of the Groovy and Grails community and an active speaker at local user groups, events and conferences such as MinneBar, GUM, GR8Conf in the US, etc.
Mark Johnson is a Advisory Engineer at Pivotal where he focuses on helping people learn how to apply Fast and Big Data as well as PaaS solutions to address real world enterprise challenges. Mark has worked on a wide range of technology during his career. Most recently he has focused on Groovy, Grails, and Scala as technologies which enable high quality applications quickly. Mark is active in the software community as the President of the New England Java Users Group (NEJUG) and a regular presenter to user groups and various conferences. When not working, Mark can be found riding his mountain bike on local trails and playing with his family.
Paul King leads ASERT, an organization based in Brisbane, Australia which provides software development, training and mentoring services to customers wanting to embrace new technologies, harness best practices and innovate. He has been contributing to open source projects for nearly 20 years and is an active committer on numerous projects including Groovy. Paul speaks at international conferences, publishes in software magazines and journals, and is a co-author of Manning's best-seller: Groovy in Action.
Brian has been developing web applications for over 15 years, primarily using Java, Groovy, Grails, ColdFusion, Ext JS, CoffeeScript, and TypeScript. He's worked as a consultant or employee on a wide range of projects for private companies and government agencies. Brian is a regular speaker at industry conferences, as well as a blogger and author. He has contributed to many community endeavors, including Deft JS, Swiz, and numerous Github projects.
Ken Kousen is the President of Kousen IT, Inc., through which he does technical training, mentoring, and consulting in all areas of Java and XML. He is the author of the O'Reilly screencast "Up and Running Groovy", and the upcoming Manning book about Java/Groovy integration, entitled "Making Java Groovy".
He has been a tech reviewer for several books on software development. Over the past decade he's taught thousands of developers in business and industry. He is also an adjunct professor at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute site in Hartford, CT. His academic background includes two BS degrees from M.I.T., an MS and a Ph.D. from Princeton, and an MS in Computer Science from R.P.I.
Peter is a long time Java developer, Grails user and plugin author. He is also co-author of the book Grails in Action with Glen Smith.
He has been using Java for over 10 years across a range of industries and technologies, covering both client-side and server-side development. He discovered Groovy & Grails in 2006 and is now a core Grails committer, general Groovy fan, and speaker on Groovy technologies. He is currently an independent consultant based in London.
A software architect and consultant at SpringSource with extensive experience aligning Spring technologies. He is passionate about cloud computing, messaging and works on several projects implementing Spring Integration, RabbitMQ, Gemfire, or related technologies.
Using Groovy and Grails since early 2008, he has developed large-scale Grails applications for the French Government and international IT. he has also co-founded the iceScrum agile tool tracker, an open source Grails application for agile teams. He still invests his spare time in the Grails community through the development of several Grails plugins, and in his contributions to the French Groovy/Grails User Group.
Currently working on a lightweight and scalable, asynchronous framework for the JVM supporting Spring and Grails Applications.
Clay McCoy works at Netflix as a Senior Software Engineer. There he contributes to an open source cloud deployment tool written in Grails named Asgard. Clay is passionate about developer testing and software craftsmanship and is always looking for new tools and techniques to produce better software.
Joe Rinehart's been developing software for Web, mobile, and desktop since 1998. While he mainly now works in Java, Grails, and HTML5, he has a long history of community involvement in the Flash, Flex, and ColdFusion space. As a published author and award-winning speaker, he's now focused on helping bring new developers new to Grails and Java. When he's not coding, he's either spending time with his family or feeding an appetite for endurance mountain bike racing.
Baruch Sadogursky, joined JFrog as the Developer Advocate following years of working alongside JFrog’s founding team.Prior to joining JFrog, Baruch was an innovations expert with BMC Software Incubator team after 6 years with AlphaCSP as a senior Java consultant, architect and training division manager.Baruch is hacking around Java technologies and Continuous-Integration tools since 2001, including module development for open source projects like Gradle & Spring. Baruch is also active in community development around Artifactory, participating in the development of it’s plugin ecosystem and enriching it’s functionality with open-source user plugins.
As JFrog’s Developer Advocate, Baruch contributes to the strong collaboration with leading open-source projects such as SpringSource, Grails and Gradle by providing them with the Artifactory Cloud platform, and fuels the Continuous-Integration ecosystem with open-source plugins for leading tools such as Jenkins, TeamCity & Bamboo.
Joe Sondow manages the Cloud Interface Tools team at Netflix, focused on creating usable open source web apps like Asgard to improve the experience of managing cloud resources and deploying code changes. Since 2005 Joe has been working alternately as a software engineer and as a manager, developing corporate and consumer web apps using various web front end and JVM technologies.
John Thompson has over 20 years of experience with software development and is currently a Senior Software Engineer with Incept5. For his day job, John spends his time in the trenches helping various Incept5 clients in the financial and retail industries implement Spring centric solutions.
John is an avid triathlete, and currently is spending a lot of time training for his first Half Ironman race this October in Miami. Being a far better cyclist than runner, John has found the St Petersburg location of the Running for Brews running club an excellent motivator to get those runs in. John's favorite running buddy is his 4 year old Vizsla Jake.
Ryan is Chief Systems and Software Architect and Director of Products at ReachForce and formerly Lead Architect at Developerprogram.com.
He maintains the grails-quartz plugin, GVPS Grails plugin, and Struts 1 plugins, and co-chair of the Austin Groovy and Grails User Group in Austin, TX.
Ryan is currently building a Grails infrastructure for ReachForce as well as teaching Grails to the developer team.
Ryan is also co-founder of Xan Endeavors, LLC, a collaboration of software development, consulting, coaching, and innovation games.
In the past Ryan has architected a Grails solution for Developerprogram.com that allows rapid deployment of Developer Program portals for all kinds of companies, specializing in the mobile industry. He has also built Java and Linux based webcasting for events such as SXSW, built telecom software, and SaaS systems for the financial sector.
Bobby Warner is a Senior Technical Architect at Target Corporation based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bobby has been developing web applications for over ten years and using Grails for the last three. He has been a key component in bringing Groovy and Grails to Target as well as other innovative technologies. Bobby is an active member in the Grails community and blogs frequently about Grails topics at www.bobbywarner.com.
Dan Woods is an application developer who is passionate about software architecture and best practices. Dan solves software development problems using Groovy and Grails, and engages the community by sharing solutions through his Twitter account, blog, and GitHub contributions. He has code commits to Grails framework and has published articles on software architecture in Groovy Magazine.