Right before Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.0.2 came out mid-1996, Hani Suleiman began putting Java technology
through its paces. "This was pretty much in the early days of the Internet boom just
when people were forgetting about Telnet and HTTP was becoming synonymous with 'the Internet.' So my first-ever
project was to write a Web frontend for this online game my friend was running,
and it turned out to be a Java applet. The applet's plumbing was the Telnet protocol, along with a few
graphical doodahs and some eye candy. It was developed against one of the early JDK betas and
eventually was targeted at JDK 1.0.2. Perhaps the most disturbing outcome of that whole experience is
that the applet is still in heavy use today."
Hani isn't disturbed enough to put down his tools. In fact, he's out there spinning more Java code in an
array of projects that might also survive the onslaughts of time: "Lone one-man hobbyist
projects, open source projects, huge boring integration projects, mission-critical trading desk projects,
small team ambitious conquer-the-world type projects, you name it!" He's doing it.
For the first few years, Hani engaged as a developer and indirectly as a vendor, meeting customers face to
face. "Clambering up the corporate ladder" these days, his interest in development
now weaves in and out of his responsibilities as project lead, and he finds himself again in the danger
zone of having a more direct vendor relationship with customers. As he puts it, "Some days
that seems like a good thing, but on many other days, is a terrible thing." (If you want to know more,
you'll have to ask email@example.com.)
Holding a B.Sc. in Computer Science, Hani has participated in numerous projects in the finance industry,
ranging from specialized portal and content management solutions to back office integration
projects to trading desk swing apps. As CTO of Formicary, a vendor offering financial solutions, Hani says
he works with a wonderful group of people and is very proud of the work they have
done on their portal product (epix, at http://www.go-epix.net) as well as numerous other projects they are
engaged in. Hani is also working concurrently on the Orion Application Server made by Ironflare.
A fairly new member of the JCP, Hani joined in 2004. Already he's up front and personal as a member of
three expert groups: Java Specification Request (JSR) 244 Java 2 Platform, Enterprise
Edition (J2EE) 5.0, JSR 245 JavaServer Pages 2.1, and JSR 250 Common Annotations for the Java Platform.
He also relishes his role as "beady-eyed observer" of JSR 220 Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0 and a
handful of other J2EE specs. Clearly, Java technology has got a grip on this man. "For me this is
definitely a labor of love, beyond the 'bread on the table' aspects of it all. It's hard not to
feel passionate about something one spends most of one's waking hours on."
Hani calls three countries home right now. He lives in New York City in the U.S., commutes regularly
to London in the U.K., makes a yearly sojourn to his point of origin, Oman, where friends
and family remain. When he's not coping with jetlag, Hani can be found scuba diving, gourmet dining,
and hunting down independent movies to watch. He also maintains his lively and often controversial
bileblog, where he enjoys ranting and raving about any aspect of the Java universe that strikes him.
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