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Andres Almiray Named Java Champion!

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There are less than 100 of them worldwide.  They include some of the biggest names in Java: Neal Gafter, Brian Goetz, Gavin King, Rod Johnson, Doug Lea, and James Gosling.  They are the Java Champions.  Recently, he title of "Java Champion" was awarded to Andres Almiray—a major leader in the Groovy community who is also a regular contributor to DZone.

For further reference, these are the requisite qualities of a Java Champion:

  • Java Champions are leaders; ideal candidates are leading Java-related projects, JUG communities, or online Java portals.
  • Java Champions are technical luminaries; the candidate should be a Java engineer or architect who is relatively senior and has lots of experience.
  • Java Champions are credible; Java Champions may author or publish content that is pro, neutral, or negative toward Oracle (unless there is a litigious issue).
  • Java Champions are involved with some really cool applications of Java Technology or are involved with some sort of humanitarian or educational effort. The application must be openly available to the Java community (vs. a company-proprietary or government-classified project).
  • Java Champions are able to evangelize or influence other developers through their own professional activities (via consulting, teaching, writing, speaking, etc.)

Canoo, the company where Andres works as a senior software engineer, was proud to break this news and congratulate the Java and Groovy developer with more than 11 years experience in the industry.  Andres was building apps during the early days of Java, they said.  He has also taught computer science courses at the most prestigious university in Mexico.  

Here is the quote from Canoo CMO, Roland Zigerli:
“Andres Almiray is a tireless promoter of Java, Groovy, and the entire JVM ecosystem. He's made significant open source contributions over the years, especially as a member of the Groovy language and project lead for Griffon. His busy schedule has him speaking at what seems like every conference known to man, and anyone who claims Swing is dead hasn't yet seen his Griffon presentation.”

As a fierce advocate for open source software, Andres has contributed to (and continues to support) projects including DbUnit, JMatter, Griffon, and Groovy.  Andres has spoken at numerous high and low-profile developer conferences and was a co-author for the book: "Griffon in Action."

On behalf of DZone, I'd like to thank Andres for his many contributions to the developer community.  Congratulations!


Amir Laher replied on Mon, 2010/11/15 - 5:59pm

Andres is a great bloke, and a great teacher. Well deserved Andres: congratulations.

Fabrizio Giudici replied on Mon, 2010/11/15 - 9:41pm


Isidoro Trevino replied on Tue, 2010/11/16 - 10:06am

It's about time! Very well deserved, congrats Andres!

Jim Bethancourt replied on Tue, 2010/11/16 - 10:28am


Eric Wendelin replied on Tue, 2010/11/16 - 11:32am

Well deserved. Great work, Andres!

Nitin Bharti replied on Tue, 2010/11/16 - 12:18pm

Congrats, Andres!

Bernardo Gomez ... replied on Tue, 2010/11/16 - 6:03pm

About Time! Thousands are affected positively by just a few brave souls, Andres is definitely one of those few.

Jelmer Kuperus replied on Wed, 2010/11/17 - 2:12am

So should they rename the title to jvm champion now?

James Selvakumar replied on Thu, 2010/11/18 - 2:59am

Congrats Andres!

Manuel Jordan replied on Sat, 2010/11/20 - 7:29pm


Tire Works replied on Thu, 2011/08/04 - 9:16am

It's nice to hear that 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. I think he's a good teacher in java. -Tire Works

Jessie Mear replied on Wed, 2011/09/07 - 7:39am

He is a true believer in open source and has participated on popular projects like Groovy, Griffon, and DbUnit, as well as starting his own projects (Json-lib, EZMorph, GraphicsBuilder, JideBuilder). ruby on rails

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