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Trail Blazers

Paul Wheaton

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. Check out his permaculture design course in Montana!

For more info see Paul Wheaton


Kathy Sierra

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.


Marshal Commander

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 Monkhouse

Andrew is a senior software engineer at in Salt Lake City - a job that he thinks is one of the best you can get.

Prior to, 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 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.

Andrew was made a Bartender in 2003, and has been a Sheriff since 2006. Email

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 Bibeault

bear bibeault

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 works as a Front-end Developer for a major news organization.

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,, 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).

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.

Bear has written a number of books:
  • Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja, 2nd edition
  • Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja, 1st edition
  • jQuery in Action, 3rd edition
  • jQuery in Action, 2nd edition
  • jQuery in Action, 1st edition
  • Prototype and Scriptaculous in Action
  • Ajax in Practice

  • Bear was made a Bartender in 2003, was promoted to Sheriff in 2006, and was made a Marshal in 2011. Email


    Ernest Friedman-Hill

    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.

    Ernest was made a Bartender in 2003, and has been a Sheriff since 2004. Email

    Jeanne Boyarsky

    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.

    Jeanne was made a Bartender in 2004, and has been a Sheriff since 2007. Email

    For more info see BioJeanneBoyarsky

    Jaikiran Pai

    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 and is also the co-author of the JBoss Enterprise Application - Getting started, DZone RefCard

    Jaikiran has been Bartender at JavaRanch since 2007 and a Sheriff since 2012. Jaikiran is also a Marshal since 2012.


    Devaka Cooray

    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

    Devaka was made a Bartender in 2010, was promoted to Sheriff in 2015 , and was made a Marshal in 2015 Email

    Henry Wong

    Henry Wong is a senior engineer, based in New York City, who used to be involved in many Java related projects. These days, he mostly work in C/C++, with a little bit of Javascript.

    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.

    Henry was made Bartender in 2006 and has been a sheriff since 2010.



    "...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."


    Christophe Verré

    Christophe was made a Bartender in 2007 and has been a sheriff since 2010. Email.

    Mark Spritzler

    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.

    Mark was made a Bartender in 2001, and has been a Sheriff since 2005. Email

    Michael Ernest

    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.

    Michael was made a Bartender in 2001, and has been a Sheriff since 2002. Email

    Marilyn deQueiroz

    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 viola in the Broomfield Symphony Orchestra as well as playing for weddings and other special events with the Ptarmigan String Quartet.

    Marilyn was made a Bartender in 2000, and has has been a Sheriff since 2001. Email

    For more info see BioMarilynDeQueiroz

    Bert Bates

    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.

    Bert was made a Bartender in 2003 and has been a Sheriff since 2008 .

    Weber, Marc

    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.

    Katrina Owen

    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.

    She became a JavaRanch bartender in 2007, has been a sheriff since 2010, and hangs out mostly in the Cattle Drive


    Campbell Ritchie

    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 spent a long time researching a weakly reversible computer language. Now in 2017, it is doctor‑doctor jokes. He is going back to enhance his language and to try and get some publicity for it.

    Rob Spoor

    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 a lead developer at a web development company in Eindhoven. In his spare time he works on his own open source projects, and is an occasional contributor to Apache Commons IO.

    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.

    Rob has been Bartender since 2008 and a Sheriff since 2012. PM

    Ankit Garg

    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

    Ankit was made Bartender in 2009 and he has been Sheriff since 2014


    Tim Cooke

    Tim Cooke

    Tim grew up in England. He's been programming various things as a hobby since the late 80's and has been doing it for a living since the mid 00's. He did an electrical engineering undergraduate degree at Plymouth University, didn't really make a proper career out of it, decided that programming was the thing for him and went on to do a computer science Masters degree at the University of Bath. That got him his first programming job and the rest, as they say, is history. He is currently the Engineering Lead for Axial3D a Medical 3D Printing company based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

    Tim joined CodeRanch in 2008 but didn't post a single thing until early 2013. Nobody knows why. He was made a Bartender in 2014, and has been a Sheriff since 2015. He is also a member of the CodeRanch Book Promotion team along with Jeanne and Henry.

    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.


    Knute Snortum

    Knute doesn't always speak of himself in the third person, but when he does, it's usually a bio. Knute started programming back in 1985 when they would let anyone do it. He started in a small company with home-grown distribution software (that's distribution, not distributed) written in SBASIC, a form of Business Basic, on a PERTEC operating system. Those were heady days. He spent way too long writing in BASIC, learning C and C++ only because it was part of his CompSci classes. He worked on accounting, payroll, distribution, light manufacturing and retail software, full of GOTOs and no concept of variable scope. Heady days indeed.

    Along the way he learned Perl as a way to analyse the character-based software and give it a GUI. Perl was considered de rigueur for text processing in those days. It was then that Knute began his romance with regular expressions.

    It wasn't until 2011 that Knute Fell in love with the Java language and started writing web-based, object oriented programs. This is why he generally skulks around the Beginning Java forum, only tentatively dipping his toe into the big, bad pool of Java in General when the fancy strikes him.

    Knute Snortum has been a bartender since 2015 and a sheriff since 2016.

    Liutauras Vilda

    Unlike others here, Liutauras is not programming for several decades, however, his first touched programming language was Turbo Pascal on his reliable IBM 55SX machine with Windows 3.1x. In those days Windows stability were equivalent to Unix systems, so, the memories of childhood remain in good. After a bite of electronic engineering course at Vilnius Gediminas technical university and gained few Cisco Systems certificates he started his career in IT. After nearly 10 years working on various projects he realised he wants to concentrate more on a field core - programming, hence decided to pursue a computing course degree at University of London. Currently holds a BSc and MSc in Computer Science, and who knows, maybe PhD is on the horizon.

    Liutauras Vilda has been a bartender since 2015 and a sheriff since 2016.

    Junilu Lacar

    Junilu first caught the programming bug in 1985 when he was studying to become a Mechanical Engineer. 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 feed his ever-growing obsession about learning how to make computers do his bidding. As fate would have it, he met his future wife in one of the Computer Science classes he took. The rest, as they say, is history. After college, he immediately started working as a programmer, which took him from the Philippines to Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and eventually, to Ohio, smack dab in the middle of the US Midwest.

    At the end of 1999 Junilu caught another bug. This time it was from reading Kent Beck's "Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change" and Martin Fowler's "Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code". Seriously infected with the XP/Agile bug, Junilu wandered around looking for a place he could call home and do and experience all the cool and wonderful things promised by the Agile Manifesto. In 2006, Junilu joined a large networking company based in San Jose CA and started working for the best manager he has ever had the pleasure of working with. He had a great run there and for eleven wonderful years learned about and practiced all kinds of ways to enhance his software development skills and agility. Inevitably, he got infected even further with the TDD and Software Craftsmanship bugs.

    Junilu is now an Agile Coach focused on technical agility and helps teams get better at developing well-crafted software. He currently rides under the banner of a global IT consulting firm that is associated with the "greater than" (>) sign. He is an active member of the Columbus and Central Ohio IT community and has facilitated the Columbus Ohio local event of the Global Day of Coderetreat since 2016. Outside of work, Junilu learns how to spread peace, harmony, empathy, and understanding by studying Aikido and Aikijujutsu, in which he currently holds a 2nd dan rank with the Circle of Harmony Dojo headed up by his amazing sensei, Michael Pabst.

    Junilu joined JavaRanch in February 2001 while studying for his SCJP, as it was called back then, and was made a bartender a few months later. In December 2016, Junilu joined the ranks of the lawmen at the Ranch as a new Sheriff in town.



    "...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 Holloway

    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

    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 Rosenberger

    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.

    Fred has been Bartender since 2005. Email

    Paul Clapham

    Paul Clapham was in the commercial computing business starting in1974, when men were men and computers had 32K bytes of memory. He worked for 25 years for a company in Vancouver, Canada, that runs its business on IBM iSeries computers, where the primary programming language was 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 (i.e. any old time, since retirement) 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.

    Jesper has been Bartender since 2007. BioJesperDeJong

    Scott Selikoff

    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.

    Scott has been Bartender since 2006. Email

    Amit Ghorpade

    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 Godbole

    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.

    Maneesh has been Bartender since 2008.

    Peter Johnson

    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

    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.


    Steve Luke

    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, but don't say we didn't warn you.

    Cameron has been a Bartender since 2009.

    Roberto Perillo

    Roberto Perillo

    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 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 Bala

    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.

    Jan Cumps

    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 Charles

    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.

    Jelle Klap

    Jelle got hooked on computers as a gamer when he traded in his trusty ol' NES for a shiny new PC. His interest soon turned to other things besides blowing away all manner of virtual baddies, though. Basic HTML and - shamelessly ripped off - JavaScript peaked his interest and eventually "bootstrapped" his hunt for new technologies. To that end he focused his education on IT and received his bachelor degree of information and communication technology (B-ICT) in 2006. He started working straight out of college and got down 'n dirty with Java in several projects. Several years into the game he came across an awesome Java site called JavaRanch and started frequenting the message board where he became a Bartender in 2010.

    Matthew Brown

    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.

    Darryl Burke

    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 Evans

    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

    Mohamed Sanaulla is a Software developer with ~6 years of professional software development experience. He has worked on ADF (Oracle's JSF based framework) and currently working as full stack developer with spring as backend. Also he has was an active blogger, but off late been caught up between family and his cute little daughter. He has been a Bartender since 2011.

    Martin Vajsar

    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

    Anayonkar Shivalkar

    Anayonkar is from India, holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science & Engineering and started his career as a programmer in late 2007.


    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.

    Anayonkar has been a Bartender since 2012

    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

    Tony Docherty

    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 Sokolovic

    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 Lalwani

    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 Webster

    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 Walraven

    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, OCEEJBD6, OCEJPAD6 and OCEWSD6 certificates and enjoys writing and sharing his notes. He is the author of the Enthuware Java Web Services Developer EE6 mock exams and has been a technical reviewer for a couple of Java books. One of his earlier teachers pointed him at the Coderanch 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

    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 Boswell

    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.

    Stevens R. Miller

    Stevens (yes, his first name looks just like a last name) was born in Japan, because his father was a career Navy man. He taught himself to program in BASIC, back in 1973, using a 110-baud connection from an ASR-33 teletype machine to an HP-2000 computer (and he still thinks that was pretty cool). He has embarrassed himself in a variety of programming languages, including Fortran, Pascal, C/C++, Visual This-That-Or-The-Other-Thing, and a boat-load of assemblers. He has a master's degree in computer science because graduate school for another physics degree looked hard. He has a law degree because it shocks everyone that a computer nerd can be a lawyer. He got elected to his county board of supervisors for one four-year term (because that shocked the local Republican community), then endorsed a member of the opposition party in the next election (which shocked Stevens, but life is like that sometimes).

    Stevens enjoys electronics, ham radio, anime, a bit of writing, spending time with his wife of twenty years (as of 2016) and his son (fourteen, as of 2016), doing techie work in local community theater productions, and (you're not going to believe this) science fiction. No, it's true! In fact, in 2011, his very last vote on the Loudoun county, Virginia, USA, board of supervisors was to rename a road that lead to Orbital ATK's rocket factory and HQ, "Warp Drive." Really, Stevens is literally the creator of Warp Drive.

    Not bad for a guy who started out in BASIC on a teletype machine, eh?

    Winston Gutkowski

    Winston is a self-described “old fart”, fat cyclist, and resistentialist, who has been programming longer than many of the young bucks here have been alive. It all started at school on a PDP-8/E, running 60 foot rolls of paper tape for train simulation games; but the real damage started in 1976, when he was let loose on an ICL mainframe, and - apart from a few short sabbaticals as a warehouseman, factory worker and sous-chef - people have been mopping up the mess ever since.

    Aside from programming (and data modelling, and sysadmining, and DBA-ing), his main love is beer. A CAMRA member on and off since 1975, he also brews his own, and started his brother (who is now a much better brewer than he) down the primrose path with a well-timed book for Christmas a few years back.

    What else? Cricket nutter; enthusiantic (but mediocre) bridge player; passionate Europhile; trivia buff; amatuer thesp; writer of “ditties”; collector of old books, rocks, coins, and oddities; and halfway-decent MC … which just goes to show what you end up with when you have too much time on your hands.

    Pete Letkeman

    After many years of programming in ASP Classic/VBScript, HTML, MySQL and JavaScript Pete changed careers and spent some time learning SAP technologies becoming certified in SAP Hana.

    Once becoming SAP Hana Pete started learning Java and worked on becoming Java 8 certified.

    After becoming a CodeRanch member (first post July 6, 2017) Pete was introduced to the Kotlin language. As of spring 2018 Pete is working on a Spring Boot 2.x project programmed using Kotlin which will include an Android counterpart/client which will also be programmed in Kotlin.
    Pete first became a Rancher in September 2017 and progressed to Bartender May 2018.
    Pete happened upon CodeRanch thanks to Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff's Java 8 certification books.

    Fun things:
  • Creating 3D models using ZBrush and 3DS Max completing/texturing them using Gimp and Paint.Net
  • Fitness/exercising
  • Programming

  • But don't bring up the fact that the JavaRanch forums are more popular than his; it's a sensitive topic.

    Jj Roberts

    Jj just made the 20th century by a few months. He lives in South Africa, to him the most beautiful country on earth.

    He was introduced to Arduino at the age of fifteen, his first exposure to programming. He has never recovered. Initially wanting to be an electronics engineer — especially interested in embedded programming — he found a lot more opportunity and just as much interest in software development.

    He became an Oracle Certified Professional Java SE 11 Programmer in the middle of 2020.

    Jj is still very much a greenhorn, but enjoys being able to learn and help other people at the same time. He thinks Coderanch is the perfect place to do that

    Jj has been a Bartender since 2020

    Lou Hamers

    In the early 90's Lou used something called "books" to learn C/C++ using an old Borland IDE running in DOS. All that came out of gaming, which changed to game development (okay--an attempt at it), and finally ended up turning into a software development career. Eventually he was sent an expensive paper with "Computer Science/Mathematics" on it to hang on the wall; after the 2000 IT bubble collapse, employers seemed to like that kind of thing for some reason.

    Shortly after 2003 Lou switched over to Java, and after some years experiencing the pain of web development, he decided to focus on Java backend coding, ultimately leading to desktop development using JavaFX. (The latter being a topic he probably knows too well after 20 years of Java, but oh well.)

    Lou also uses a Penguin OS exclusively (usually Linux Mint), so it's probably best to not bring up those other OSes too much--you might get an unwanted lecture on how you should switch to Linux. Even worse, if he's really triggered, you might experience a Linux meme. (You've been warned!)

    To address the inevitable "What kind of gaming?" question. Back in that '90's time period Lou was lucky enough to encounter one of the first real strategy games, named "Romance of the Three Kingdoms". He wasn't incredibly interested in the arcadey/shooter games, at least not well enough to bother learning C, so RTK and games like that indirectly provided the motivation to learn development. He still mostly focuses on strategy/simulation stuff today, especially when it's science or history related.

    By now you're probably thinking: gaming + Java + Linux? Nobody does that! Where did this fool come from? Well, usually Lou can be found roaming the sparsely populated JavaFX frontier here at the Ranch. But sometimes he'll visit the more populated areas to see if civilization still exists...


    Other Staff

    "...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."


    Paul Little

    Paul is the guy behind Evolution Hosting who has been keeping JavaRanch running for years.

    David Rizzi

    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.


    Java Community

    "...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 Green

    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

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