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Reza Rahman is a former independent consultant, now Java EE/GlassFish evangelist at Oracle. He is the author of the popular book EJB 3 in Action. Reza is a frequent speaker at Java User Groups and conferences worldwide. Reza has been a member of the Java EE, EJB and JMS expert groups. He implemented the EJB container for the Resin open source Java EE application server. All views voiced are my own, not necessarily Oracle's. Reza is a DZone MVB and is not an employee of DZone and has posted 197 posts at DZone. You can read more from them at their website. View Full User Profile

Introducing the Java EE Squad!

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One of the most satisfying things that I've seen personally over the years is the steady growth of the Java EE community, by and large independent of vendors. Today you have so many key folks in the community like Adam Bien, David Blevins, Antonio Goncalves, Markus Eisele, Peter Pilgrim, Arjan Tijms, David Heffelfinger, Josh Juneau and Werner Keil just for starters that publicly advocate for and strongly support Java EE. This is a far cry from the largely vendor driven affair that was J2EE and frankly virtually unimaginable even in the Java EE 5 time period when I first decided to become active in the community myself as an independent. Java EE is most fortunate that many of these folks contribute directly back to the standard through JCP expert groups.

To this list of prominent names I am very happy to add another - Rudy De Busscher and his newly formed Java EE Squad. Don't let the name fool you - as Rudy explains in the blog entry linked, the squad isn't about contention or an antagonism to anything in particular. In fact that would be against the true spirit of Java EE that is open, inclusive, pluralistic and supportive of an ecosystem that may take any form it wishes while advancing the goals of choice, vendor-neutrality, stability, ease-of-use and compatibility though an open community standard.

The goal of the squad is most benign and community friendly - to educate through presentations, courses, articles and blogs from a small group of contributors. Perhaps it makes sense for you to even explore joining the group and adding to the growing voice of the Java EE community?

As the group marches forward we will highlight them here just as we highlight the many other parts of the community.

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Sivaprasadreddy... replied on Sun, 2014/07/06 - 11:45pm

Where is the name "Arun Gupta"!!!!

Reza Rahman replied on Mon, 2014/07/07 - 6:13am in response to: Sivaprasadreddy Katamreddy

You really should read the post closely. It celebrates folks in the community that spend their personal time (and often money) to advance Java EE. While Arun does and has done a lot of Java EE advocacy, the reality is that he has always been paid (likely quite well) to do so as part of his day job - which there is absolutely nothing wrong with; it is just not the focus of this particular post.

Sivaprasadreddy... replied on Mon, 2014/07/07 - 6:54am in response to: Reza Rahman

Oh..Got it.

Whenever I want to learn about JavaEE, I will go for Adam Bien blog or  Antonio Goncalves blog or Arun Gupta blog/presentations. So I just wanted to see my favorite JavaEE guru's name also in that list.


Reza Rahman replied on Mon, 2014/07/07 - 7:50am in response to: Sivaprasadreddy Katamreddy

FYI the folks mentioned in the community all have personal blogs as well, though I know first hand where personal blogging falls in the priority list if you have a day job and a family that you value.

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