For further reference, these are the requisite qualities of a Java Champion:
- Java Champions are leaders; ideal candidates are leading Java-related projects, JUG communities, or online Java portals.
- Java Champions are technical luminaries; the candidate should be a Java engineer or architect who is relatively senior and has lots of experience.
- Java Champions are credible; Java Champions may author or publish content that is pro, neutral, or negative toward Oracle (unless there is a litigious issue).
- Java Champions are involved with some really cool applications of Java Technology or are involved with some sort of humanitarian or educational effort. The application must be openly available to the Java community (vs. a company-proprietary or government-classified project).
- Java Champions are able to evangelize or influence other developers through their own professional activities (via consulting, teaching, writing, speaking, etc.)
Canoo, the company where Andres works as a senior software engineer, was proud to break this news and congratulate the Java and Groovy developer with more than 11 years experience in the industry. Andres was building apps during the early days of Java, they said. He has also taught computer science courses at the most prestigious university in Mexico.
Here is the quote from Canoo CMO, Roland Zigerli:
“Andres Almiray is a tireless promoter of Java, Groovy, and the entire JVM ecosystem. He's made significant open source contributions over the years, especially as a member of the Groovy language and project lead for Griffon. His busy schedule has him speaking at what seems like every conference known to man, and anyone who claims Swing is dead hasn't yet seen his Griffon presentation.”
As a fierce advocate for open source software, Andres has contributed to (and continues to support) projects including DbUnit, JMatter, Griffon, and Groovy. Andres has spoken at numerous high and low-profile developer conferences and was a co-author for the book: "Griffon in Action."
On behalf of DZone, I'd like to thank Andres for his many contributions to the developer community. Congratulations!