My name is Bill Burke. Professionally, I was one of the early JBoss contributors (JBoss 2.0 days!). Over a 5 year span from 2001-2006, I saw us grow from a 2 to a 200 person company until we were acquired by Red Hat for $350 million. I still work at Red Hat and JBoss to this day and its been fun seeing how open source can flourish as a business model. My early projects included adding clustering to our EJB layer, then, later on leading, the EJB 3.0 and AOP projects and as well as other architectural endeavors. I was JBoss’s representative to the Java EE 5, EJB 3.0, and JAX-RS expert groups and JSRs within the JCP. My current interests revolve around applying REST to anywhere I can at JBoss, specifically the RESTEasy project, HornetQ’s REST interface, and other planned initiatives in this area of distributed computing. Recently I started the Keycloak project which is an SSO solution for browser and social apps and RESTful web services. I’ve also written numerous books and articles over the years that you can browse in the Publishings page of this blog.
Personally, I’m an avid New England Patriots football fan and have been a season ticket holder with my dad and sister since 1993. (No you can’t have tickets). I also enjoy playing guitar, watching my girls do ballet, coaching their soccer teams, hanging with my wife, and playing poker in our local poker club.