Top 8 Java People You Should Know

Here are the top 8 Java people, they’re created frameworks, products, tools or books that contributed to the Java community, and changed the way of coding Java.

P.S The order is based on my personal priority.

8. Tomcat & Ant Founder

James-Duncan-Davidson

James Duncan Davidson, while he was software engineer at Sun Microsystems (1997–2001), created Tomcat Java-based web server, still widely use in most of the Java web projects, and also Ant build tool, which uses XML to describe the build process and its dependencies, which is still the de facto standard for building Java-based Web applications.

Related Links

  1. James Duncan Davidson Twitter
  2. James Duncan Davidson Wiki
  3. James Duncan Davidson personal blog
  4. Apache Ant
  5. Apache Tomcat

7. Test Driven Development & JUnit Founder

Kent-Beck

Kent Beck, creator of the Extreme Programming and Test Driven Development software development methodologies. Furthermore, he and Erich Gamma created JUnit, a simple testing framework, which turn into the de facto standard for testing Java-based Web applications. The combine of JUnit and Test Driven Development makes a big changed on the way of coding Java, which causes many Java developers are not willing to follow it.

Related Links

  1. Kent Beck Twitter
  2. Kent Beck Wiki
  3. Kent Beck Blog
  4. JUnit Testing Framework
  5. Extreme Programming Wiki
  6. Test Driven Development Wiki

News & Interviews

  1. Kent Beck: “We thought we were just programming on an airplane”
  2. Interview with Kent Beck and Martin Fowler
  3. eXtreme Programming An interview with Kent Beck

Kent Beck Books

  1. Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change (2nd Edition)
  2. Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code
  3. JUnit Pocket Guide

6. Java Collections Framework

Joshua-Bloch

Joshua Bloch, led the design and implementation of numerous Java platform features, including JDK 5.0 language enhancements and the award-winning Java Collections Framework. In June 2004 he left Sun and became Chief Java Architect at Google. Furthermore, he won the prestigious Jolt Award from Software Development Magazine for his book, “Effective Java”, which is arguably a must read Java’s book.

Related Links

  1. Joshua Bloch Twitter
  2. Joshua Bloch Wiki

News & Interviews

  1. Effective Java: An Interview with Joshua Bloch
  2. Rock Star Josh Bloch

Joshua Bloch Books

  1. Effective Java (2nd Edition)
  2. Java Concurrency in Practice

5. JBoss Founder

Marc-Fleury

Marc Fleury, who founded JBoss in 2001, an open-source Java application server, arguably the de facto standard for deploying Java-based Web applications. Later he sold the JBoss to RedHat, and joined RedHat to continue support on the JBoss development. On 9 February 2007, he decided to leave Red Hat to pursue other personal interests, such as teaching, research in biology, music and his family.

Related Links

  1. Marc Fleury Wiki
  2. Marc Fleury Blog
  3. JBoss Application Server

News & Interviews

  1. Could Red Hat lose JBoss founder?
  2. JBoss founder Marc Fleury leaves Red Hat, now what?
  3. JBoss’s Marc Fleury on SOA, ESB and OSS
  4. Resurrecting Marc Fleury

4. Struts Founder

Craig-McClanahan

Craig Mcclanahan, creator of Struts, a popular open source MVC framework for building Java-based web applications, which is arguably that every Java developer know how to code Struts. With the huge success of Struts in early day, it’s widely implemented in every single of the old Java web application project.

Related Links

  1. Craig Mcclanahan Wiki
  2. Craig Mcclanahan Blog
  3. Apache Struts

News & Interviews

  1. Interview with Craig McClanahan
  2. Struts Or JSF?

3. Spring Founder

Rod-Johnson

Rod Johnson, is the founder of the Spring Framework, an open source application framework for Java, Creator of Spring, CEO at SpringSource. Furthermore, Rod’s best-selling Expert One-on-One J2EE Design and Development (2002) was one of the most influential books ever published on J2EE.

Related Links

  1. Rod Johnson Twitter
  2. Rod Johnson Blog
  3. SpringSource
  4. Spring Framework Wiki

News & Interviews

  1. VMware.com : VMware to acquire SpringSource
  2. Rod Johnson : VMware to acquire SpringSource
  3. Interview with Rod Johnson – CEO – Interface21
  4. Q&A with Rod Johnson over Spring’s maintenance policy changes
  5. Expert One-on-One J2EE Design and Development: Interview with Rod Johnson

Rod Johnson Books

  1. Expert One-on-One J2EE Design and Development (Programmer to Programmer)
  2. Expert One-on-One J2EE Development without EJB

2. Hibernate Founder

gravin-king

Gavin King, is the founder of the Hibernate project, a popular object/relational persistence solution for Java, and the creator of Seam, an application framework for Java EE 5. Furthermore, he contributed heavily to the design of EJB 3.0 and JPA.

Related Links

  1. Gavin King Blog
  2. Hibernate Wiki
  3. Hibernate Framework
  4. JBoss seam

News & Interviews

  1. Tech Chat: Gavin King on Contexts and Dependency Injection, Weld, Java EE 6
  2. JPT : The Interview: Gavin King, Hibernate
  3. JavaFree : Interview with Gavin King, founder of Hibernate
  4. Seam in Depth with Gavin King

Gavin King Books

  1. Java Persistence with Hibernate
  2. Hibernate in Action (In Action series)

1. Father of the Java programming language

James-Gosling

James Gosling, generally credited as the inventor of the Java programming language in 1994. He created the original design of Java and implemented its original compiler and virtual machine. For this achievement he was elected to the United States National Academy of Engineering. On April 2, 2010, he left Sun Microsystems which had recently been acquired by the Oracle Corporation. Regarding why he left, Gosling wrote on his blog that “Just about anything I could say that would be accurate and honest would do more harm than good.”

Related Links

  1. James Gosling Blog
  2. James Gosling Wiki

News & Interviews

  1. Interview with Dennis Ritchie, Bjarne Stroustrup, and James Gosling
  2. Interview: James Gosling, ‘the Father of Java’
  3. Developer Interview: James Gosling
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rohiiijeee
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rohiiijeee

the greatest villain for java is Steve Jobs

Rob S
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Rob S

its always easiest to critique after the work has been done… but if it were up to me… why only 8? there could easily be a top 10 or 20… Bill Pugh – led jsr 133 – rewrote the JMM. A java god in today’s financial java world. Bill Joy – Can’t talk about Gosling without him. Doug Lea – led jsr 166. java would be in the abyss today without it. Gilad Bracha – same as Bill Joy. These guys architected the JLS with Gosling. of course these guys all had help from brilliant minds among/beneath them. Jeremy Manson… Read more »

mcsam
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mcsam

Nice compilation, knew gosling would be the first. Java himself

Sufyan
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Sufyan

Really i am impressed. Thanx for motivating me more.. Now it might help me to become a programmer too :p

techfizy
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techfizy

Thanks for sharing excellent article..

Matt
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Matt

Men of extraordinary ability. Thanks for listing them and their credits.

Durante
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Durante

Do you have any reference material for webfirmframework?

Charles Leviton
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Charles Leviton

why are they all white men?

Matt
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Matt

OMG… because they happen to be the strongest contributors to the Java language and architecture. A desire to see anyone-but-white-men in a list of anything does not make you “progressive”. It makes you a racist and a sexist. But if you REALLY want to talk about key female contributors, for example, to computer science, I refer you to Adm (deceased) Grace Hopper, USN, inventor of the first compiler, and Lady Ada Lovelace, inventor of modern computer programming as an endeavor. Sorry of it disappoints you that *gasp* they BOTH happen to be Caucasians, but that’s just how it goes.

wondris
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wondris

hattest comment i have ever seen … just try to say something in language which is not your mother language … it will biggest shit …

swati
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swati

some one tell me how to get experience certificate in hyderabad
swati8143@gmail.com

INDIAN
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INDIAN

Step 1: Go for an interview and hope you get the job.
Step 2: Work for few years in some company and learn something useful.
Step 3: Finally you’ll get experience certificate when you’re leaving the company.

Hope your doubt is cleared.

appdynamics vs new relic
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appdynamics vs new relic

Great list ! As Steve Jobs has said : “Innovation is what separates leaders
from followers.” appdynamics vs new relic

Tagore Naidu
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Tagore Naidu

thanks a lot sir for this vcaluable information

Jatin Anand
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Jatin Anand

What about creator of LINUX kernel………?

Nirmal
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Nirmal

Its about Java people only.

rohiiijeee
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rohiiijeee

ridiculous comment……you can run java on any VM…thats point one in java…PLATFORM INDEPENDANT

INDIAN
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INDIAN

Mr. English Did any asked you like “share what you think about the indian people”. Looks like you are one heck of self ego wor-shipper. If you didn’t like his English you could have mentioned in a positive way, and what do you mean by your jobs still goes to these people. Dude! Indian developers work more expect less. That’s what you don’t get to see in every programmer. You should be proud your jobs are going to indian people.

Prakash
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Prakash

What for you are on this site…to read the post and make contextual, healthy comments or to comment on English of other people ? English is just another language in the world…it is the greatness of Indians that we welcome other languages… we in India have enough native languages…for your kind information.

Learn some ethics first…

— Proud to be an Indian

Rahul Deshpande
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Rahul Deshpande

Amazing List MKYong..

5 Stars to this post !!

:D

Vijay
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Vijay

Salute to all people…..

Padmanabha Reddy.V
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Padmanabha Reddy.V

I respect the professionals for creating new programming languages useful for applications in every field of life in computer environments

Mdhar
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Mdhar

It is good to see all famous java people at one page..

Mdhar- Java for Beginners.

srikanth
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srikanth

people who has a gift of knowledge by god making thing from worst case to simple way….here these people tried hard to give a simple way to do things….

Ranjan Sai
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Ranjan Sai

Why i use spring? means can you provide some bunch of simple advantage of spring

rohiiijeee
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rohiiijeee

try using struts and have a look at how horrible the framework is…….read the book “Spring in Action”, have a look at some of the spring/springmvc codebases on github…….spring is so much more fluent, plus it has integration with most other J2EE frameworks

Krusher
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Krusher

0: You.

siraj
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siraj

I want to know how to get an JComboBox to auto suggest the elements when we type in the combo box. For an example, If I had loaded a JComboBox with these names using MySQL, [Amila, Nimila, Nikila, Sunil] and when I type “N” inside the Combo Box, it’ll drop down the list only showing Nimila & Nikila as suggestions. And I’m trying to do this on NetBeans. Thanks.

Al
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Al

Why can’t you try to find somebody to proofread your mussings?

Farah
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Farah

I had some months ago an interview in a company, which has just been bought by a bigger company. On the day of interview I could exchange talk with some people, and I really felt them “emotionnaly” and “historicaly” unsatisfied that another company bought their company. we’re humans and sometimes we confuse business and memories :D . Ok I remembered this when I read about our Father, the Father of the Java programming language. I want to meeeeet him T_T

RaviIndianStar
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RaviIndianStar

Great Guys, Lets hope the JAVA Technology rule the World

Anurag
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Anurag

I believe we could have included Doug Lea as well; his contribution is immense when it comes to java.

krishna
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krishna

All are brilliant peoples

thanks a lot

barad rup
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barad rup

hello sir

i have complete my be computer engineering in 2013. now i want to do job in android/java.
so you are help me? for job and increment my knowledge.

Mitt
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Mitt

be is abbreviation for Bachelor of Engineering (BE) – for someone who might not know,

Dheeraj
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Dheeraj

Good compilation mkyong!

Keep up the good work