JavaPerformanceTuning.com was originally created as a support site for Jack Shirazi's book Java Performance Tuning. It immediately became the the premier site for all types of Java performance tuning information, because of the huge amount of information available from the site. After a couple of years, we moved the site on to become more of a magazine, and we now provide many interesting columns as well as huge amounts of information covering all aspects of Java Performance.
JavaPerformanceTuning.com is supported by several technical personnel and by our associate consultants who contribute material and many useful suggestions. The Technical Director is Jack Shirazi, who arranges the newsletter and oversees all content. Primary contributors include Kirk Pepperdine and Javva The Hutt (curiously not his real name).
We also have many associate organizations and individuals who are helping maintain JavaPerformanceTuning.com as the premier location for Java performance information and services. If you or your organization can provide Java performance tuning expertise, please contact us to be added to our register of associates.
Jack started out as a theoretical physicist, but moved to the field of bioinformatics after he failed to discover a workable faster-than-light propulsion system. As a researcher at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, a large European cancer research organization, Jack published papers on applying knowledge management to the field of protein structure prediction. Jack also contributed to the development of several core modules in Perl version 5, and developed several useful non-core modules, notably the EventServer.
Jack subsequently joined GemStone as Consulting Manager for Europe, then later left GemStone to become an independent consultant. Since then, Jack has consulted on Java projects mainly for the financial industry.
Jack has worked in information technology for over ten years, and specialized in Java from 1995. Jack's focus on performance tuning resulted in his comprehensive book Java Performance Tuning, which was first published in 2000 (now into it's 2nd edition. In addition to his performance tuning focus, Jack also develops intelligent agent technology.
Jack can be contacted directly via this page
Kirk's career began in Biochemical Engineering, where he applied his researching skills in attaching computers to sheep and cats, synthesising radio-active tylenol and developing separation techniques using High Performance Liquid Chromatography for Ottawa University and the National Research Council of Canada. Subsequently, he became employed by the Canadian Department of Defense. Kirk admits that his work at the DoD involved programming Cray supercomputers as well as other Unix systems, but he refuses or is unable to divulge the exact nature of the applications in the department other than that they involved databases and high performance systems.
After the DoD, Kirk consulted as an analyst at Florida Power & Light, then moved on to join GemStone Systems as a senior consultant. He is currently an independent consultant, and also an editor at TheServerSide.com.
Kirk has been heavily involved in the performance aspects of applications since the start of his career, and has tuned applications involving a variety of languages from Cray Assembler, through C, Smalltalk and on to Java. Kirk has focused on Java since 1996. Kirk co-authored ANT Developer's Handbook, which was published in 2002.
Javva The Hutt began his career as a baby. He has recently careered into toddlerhood, where he's carrying on his former career, but with more maturity. And better motor skills. When he grows up, Javva hopes to become an adult. Javva is currently 156 years old and as large as 12 Chippendales. In all directions.