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Dr Heinz Kabutz is best known for his creation of The Java Specialists' Newsletter, read in 134 countries by 100000 Java experts. In his newsletter, he examines advanced aspects of Java that have helped Java developers around the world to produce better code.
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Monica Beckwith is an independent performance consultant optimizing customer applications and systems running the Java Virtual Machine. She has worked with Java HotSpot VM optimizing the JIT Compiler, the generated code, the JVM heuristics and garbage collection and collectors. Monica is a regular speaker at various conferences and has several published articles on topics including garbage collection, the Java memory model and others. Monica led Oracle's Garbage First Garbage Collector performance team, and was named a JavaOne Rock Star. Monica also co-authored the 'Java Performance Companion' book.
Monica was recently considered one of the influential women in Java and Scala: http://blog.takipi.com/10-influential-women-in-java-scala-and-everything-in-between/
Chris Thalinger is a software engineer working on Java Virtual Machines for over 13 years. His main expertise is in compiler technology with Just-In-Time compilation in particular. Initially being involved with the CACAO and GNU Classpath projects, the focus shifted to OpenJDK as soon as Sun made the JDK open-source. Ever since Chris has worked on the HotSpot JVM at Sun, Oracle and now at Twitter.
Agnes is an activist. A Java activist first and foremost! For 15 years, she has enjoyed building Java architectures and implementing them. She co-founded Ninja-Squad, a team of passionate developers, proudly building software, with Java and JS. She works also for an Engineering school on Web programming courses and Agile pedagogy.
She has been nominated Java Champion in 2012. Because she also enjoys learning and sharing, she's very active in the community. She was the leader of the Lyon Java User Group for 5 years.
Now she leads Duchess France, a group that connects women in IT and aims to give more visibility to female developers and hopefully inspire role models. She also organizes the Mix-IT conference, mixing Java, trendy technologies and Agility, which she co-founded.