Sander is Director of Technology at Picnic —the Dutch online grocery scale-up— building Java-based systems at scale. He also is a Java Champion and author of the O'Reilly book 'Java 9 Modularity' (see javamodularity.com). As an avid conference speaker, Sander loves sharing knowledge, also through his blog at http://branchandbound.net and as Pluralsight instructor.
David Starr has worked in technology leadership positions for over 20 years. He specializes in agile software development practices, patterns and practices, and judicious application of various technologies within development teams. He works to improve the profession of software development as an author, trainer, and Azure architect.
He is a 5 time Microsoft MVP in Visual Studio and a technical instructor with Pluralsight where he focuses on the software development practices and developer tool... moreing curricula. David blogs at ElegantCode.com, is a frequent contributor at conferences and a frequent writer. He has successfully led many product development teams and is a technical learning professional.
David lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife and four children, where he spends time being a dad and creating software.
Passionate about programming computers for over 20 years, Jose made his debut in assembler and C, C for SIMD parallel machines before adopting Java as an object-oriented language, indispensable to most major modern applications. He brings his expertise and capacity for analysis and synthesis to many projects, mainly in the lower layers, close to the data, but also on complex UI design, or in the browser. PhD in applied maths and computer science, assistant professor in Paris North University for... more 15 years, Jose also has a passion for education and knowledge transfer. He writes a blog, Java le soir, French documentary source on Java technologies for thousands of french speaking developers around the world. He is a member of the french Paris Java User Group, and co-organizer of the conference Devoxx France.
Tod is a Senior Software Engineer at Pluralsight. In the past, Tod specialized in business database applications and embedded software for limited-production laboratory instruments. These days he’s mostly working in Node.js creating TypeScript based solutions. Tod has been happily married and living in Southern California for almost as long as he’s been programming.
Bryan is a Director at Software Technology Group, a consulting company based out of Salt Lake City, and has authored and taught numerous courses in Java. Over the years, Bryan has taught courses on Java Certifications, JPA, Hibernate, Spring, Spring MVC, Spring JDBC, Maven, RESTful Services, Selenium, Automated Testing, CAS, and various security topics.
A long time ago in a university far, far away Kevin fell in love with programming. Initially on the university's DEC20 computer doing BASIC and Pascal and a little bit of Fortran. His first job had him writing batch PL/1 on an IBM mainframe where he also discovered the arcane delights of JCL. He soon realized the multiuser systems were not for him after discovering the delights of dBase IV on IBM PCs. From here it was all downhill as he became addicted to C and the Windows API. Just missing out ... moreon coding for Windows 1, he did code for the other 16 bit versions of Windows, 2 and 3, including the various network-ready versions. He still remembers the awkwardness of having to carry an IBM Token Ring MAU with him wherever he went.
After trying to pretend that Windows and C were really object oriented he decided that it would be better to learn C++. It was around this point that he realized that as well as writing code for a living he could be paid for telling people how to write code for a living. He taught Windows, MFC and C++ for a UK training company before his spirit was broken on the back of the OLE support in MFC when he finally stepped away from the nightmare of unmanaged code to the nirvana of the managed runtime called Java.
It was at this time that he spoke at several JavaOne conferences usually on the subject of Servlets, JavaServer Pages and tag libraries. After buying the Sun employees copious amounts of Apple Martini Kevin was invited onto the expert groups for the Servlet and JSP specifications.
Oh, how he laughed when .Net appeared and the same arguments raged about non-deterministic destruction and garbage collection that were now so old hat in the Java world. He finally got his hands dirty in C# and .Net about eight years ago, again working in the web tier and hating every minute of the using the monstrosity that was and is ASP.Net Web Forms. It wasn't until MVC appeared that he finally felt he had come home to Microsoft.
He still retains his passion for developing and teaching; spending about a quarter of the year doing the latter and most of the time doing the former.
When not stuck in front of a computer you can find him: with his nose in a book, a good one preferably, but almost any book would do; watching a film; walking; running; or annoying his wife by watching sports on television.