Jason is a software guy living in Atlanta, GA. He’s been slinging code since the age of 12 and would dearly love to be slinging code until he finally pops his clogs. He’s worked at startups, airlines, telcos and software companies big and small. He’s currently Director of Engineering at Lancope - a fast growing network security company that helps enterprises protect what is important from advanced cyber threats.
Ben Galbraith, together with his long-time friend Dion Almaer, forms one-half of the dynamic “Ben and Dion” duo that founded Ajaxian.com, headed Developer Tools at Mozilla, ran Developer Relations at Palm and is now running mobile architecture and engineering at Walmart.com after being acquired along with their start-up team in early 2011. Ben’s been writing code since he was six and starting businesses since he was ten; he’s written books, given hundreds of award-winning presentations world-wide, produced a few technical conferences, sold three companies, and has held CEO, CIO, CTO, and Software Architect positions in the medical, publishing, media, consumer electronics, advertising, software and internet industries. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and six children.
Ben Hale is a Interface21 consultant focusing on middle-tier technologies. Prior to joining Interface21, Ben was an architect at a large telecommunications firm where he was responsible for architecting and implementing a performant, scaleable network management platform built upon Spring 2.0.
Roger is currently the co-spec lead for JavaServer Faces at Sun Microsystems. Roger has extensively been involved with server side web technologies and products since 1997, including the early development efforts of the Software Download Center, Sun One Identity Server, and the JavaServer Faces Reference Implementation.
Ed Lance has more than 10 years of industry experience as a developer, project lead, technical trainer and manager. A constant student himself, Ed is a Sun Certified Java Programmer, has Bachelor’s of Science in Management and Communications and is currently working on a Master’s Computer Information Technology. He is currently a Senior Trainer for Keane, where he works teaching, consulting and speaking at conferences.
In addition to occasional consulting work, Ed keeps his coding skills sharp writing courseware and hands-on labs for Keane. His passion is learning, discussing and teaching Java, Object Oriented Principles and Practices, and related topics.
Jim Waldo is a Distinguished Engineer with Sun Microsystems Laboratories, where he conducts research in large-scale distributed systems. Prior to (re)joining Sun Labs, Jim was the lead architect for Jini, a distributed programming system based on Java. He has also worked in the Java software product division and has done research in the areas of object-oriented programming and systems, general distributed computing, and user environments.
Before joining Sun, Jim spent eight years at Apollo Computer and Hewlett Packard. While at HP, he led the design and development of the first Object Request Broker, and was instrumental in getting that technology incorporated into the first OMG CORBA specification. He edited the book “The Evolution of C++: Language Design in the Marketplace of Ideas” (MIT Press), and was one of the authors of “The Jini Specification” (Addison Wesley), and participated in the National Academies’ study on networks of embedded computers that resulted in the book “Embedded Everywhere.”
Jim is an adjunct faculty member of Harvard University, where he teaches distributed computing in the department of computer science.
Jim received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). He also holds M.A. degrees in both linguistics and philosophy from the University of Utah. He is a member of the IEEE and ACM.