Meet Jeff

Name: Jeff Zhang
Age: 36
Location: Beijing, China
Role: Core developer, mainly focused on tooling

Please tell us a little about yourself

I am an open source lover and work in middleware division of Red Hat. I got a BS in management information system and a MS in software engineering.

What do you do for IronJacamar ?

I work on tooling like code generation, resource adapter information, migration, eclipse plugin and validation. Phew, a lot of good stuff in there !

How did you get started contributing to IronJacamar ?

I started to contribute to the JCA sub project of JBoss Application Server 5.0. Later, we move the JCA part out of JBoss Application Server and created a new project called IronJacamar.

How much time do you spend working on IronJacamar ?

Almost full time. I spend some time to help the production team to fix bugs, and help other people like marketing with technical questions.

What keeps you motivated ?

Simple, I like open source and middleware.

What are some of your future goals for your involvement with IronJacamar ?

To be part of developing the best Java EE Connector Architecture implementation. Also, to look at integration of technologies like NoSQL and non Java based projects.

Taiji vs. Kungfu ?

Taiji. I like relaxing things.

Books vs. Movies ?

First, I'll watch a movie, then I'll dive deep into a good book.

Linux vs. Mac ?

I like Mac, but Linux is better.

What are some of your hobbies and interests outside of IronJacamar ?

I like reading and travel.

What would you suggest to help people getting started with IronJacamar ?

Java EE Connector Architecture is an integration technology, and people should know some JCA in order to better create their enterprise platform.

We are working on making JCA easier to understand, especially using our tools.

So just download IronJacamar, check out the tools and read the documentation.

Any closing comments ?

Go to Beijing and China, it is worth the travel and I'm sure that you will enjoy the Chinese culture.