Welcome New Java Champion Simon Ritter
Simon Ritter has been involved in promoting Java since the release of the first official JDK, when he joined Sun Microsystems in February 1996. He started helping to drive Java adoption back in 1999 as part of Sun’s Market Development Engineering group and moved to full time evangelism in January 2001. He also helped to start the Java Champion program. He has been in the IT business since 1984 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Brunel University in the U.K.
In his time at Sun/Oracle, he presented at almost all of the main Java conferences and many of the smaller ones. He has delivered Java presentations in 56 countries on six continents. In that time, Simon covered a wide range of subjects covering the launch of all Java SE versions since 1.4, Java EE, web services, SOA, Cloud, Java ME, embedded Java and JavaFX.
At Oracle Simon took over managing the Java Evangelism team for the core Java platform, Java for client applications and embedded Java. Now at Azul, Simon continues to spread the word about Java and has become involved in new activities like the JCP Executive Committee.
Ritter has written many articles, been a track lead several times for JavaOne content reviews and created training courses like the JDK 8 Lambdas and Streams MOOC, which had 10,000 people sign up for it. He writes a Java focused blog, which can be found at azul.com/blog. Follow him on Twitter @speakjava
Java Champions are an exclusive group of passionate Java technology and community leaders who are community-nominated and selected under a project sponsored by Oracle. Learn more about Java Champions.
Note, this blog was first published on The Java Source on June 8, 2016.