Past Meetup

Accelerating the Future of Java

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167 people went



6:00-7:00: Socializing (Thanks GridGain for food and drinks!)
7:00-7:10: Announcements
7:10-8:30: Bernard Traversat, Aurelio Garcia-Ribeyro, Sharat Chander
8:30-8:45: Q&A


Developing a new Java SE platform release used to take multiple years. This year, though, with JDK 10 and JDK 11, there are two new releases with new enhancements being added to the language, virtual machine, tools and supporting libraries just six months apart. In this talk, you'll learn about the techniques used to re-boot and re-tool the release process of the Java platform, through open source and the spirited input of the developer community.


Bernard Traversat is currently the Vice President of Engineering for the Java SE Platform team at Oracle. He oversees the development team responsible for the Java Language, JVM, Core libraries, security, Java UI toolkits, and Java deployment stack for the Oracle JDK product and OpenJDK. Previously he led Sun Microsystem Java efforts in pervasive computing for consumer devices. Prior to that, he worked at the NASA Ames Research Center on distributed-memory operating systems for massively parallel supercomputers.

Aurelio is a Director of Product Management in charge of Java SE since 2010. He has been involved in the development of the JDK since JDK 7. He is a frequent presenter at JavaOne, with Java User Groups, and Oracle Customers. Aurelio's role includes making sure that groups within Oracle that use the JDK are well informed of changes as well as explaining what are the most relevant features and enhancements in upcoming releases. He has been awarded a JavaOne 2016 Rock Star Award. Aurelio joined Oracle in 2010 through the Sun Microsystems acquisition. He joined Sun in 2008. Before moving to California he worked in Workforce Management and Telecommunications in Florida. Aurelio holds a BS in Systems Engineering from Universidad de Lima, and an MBA from MIT Sloan.

Sharat Chander has worked in the IT industry for 20+ years, for firms such as Bell Atlantic, Verizon, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle. His background and technical specialty is in Java development tools, graphics design, and product/community management. Sharat has been actively involved in the Java Community for 18 years, helping drive greater Java awareness, acceptance, adoption, and advocacy. At Oracle, as the senior director of Java product management & developer relations, Sharat has also served as the JavaOne conference content chairperson for 8 years and led the Java Evangelism Program for 4 years. He is a frequent keynote speaker and participant in developer programs worldwide. He holds a BS in corporate finance from the University of Maryland and an MBA in international business from Loyola College, Maryland. You can find Sharat at multiple global developer events and Java community engagements. When not growing visibility for Java, he follows his other passion for coaching youth baseball. You can follow Sharat on Twitter: @Sharat_Chander