Bert is a longtime software developer and architect, but a decade-long stint in artificial intelligence drove his interest in learning theory and technology-based training. He spent the first decade of his software career traveling the world to help broadcasting clients like Radio New Zealand, the Weather Channel, and the Arts and Entertainment Network (A&E). He’s currently a member of the development team for several of Sun’s Java Certification exams, including the new SCWCD.
Bert is a long-time, hopelessly addicted go player, and has been working on a go program for way too long. Java may finally be a language expressive enough for him to finish the project. He’s a fair guitar player and is now trying his hand at banjo. His latest adventure is the purchase of an Icelandic horse which should give his training skills a new challenge...
Kathy has been interested in learning theory and the brain since her days as a game designer (she wrote games for Virgin, MGM, and Amblin’) and an AI developer. She developed much of the Head First format while teaching New Media Interactivity for UCLA Extension’s Entertainment Studies program. More recently, she’s been a master trainer for Sun Microsystems, teaching Sun’s Java instructors how to teach the latest Java technologies, and developing several of Sun’s certification exams, including the SCWCD. Together with Bert Bates, she has been actively using the Head First concepts to teach thousands of developers. She founded one of the largest Java community websites in the world, javaranch.com, which won a 2003 and 2004 Software Development magazine Productivity Award. She likes running, skiing, horses, skateboarding, and weird science.
Bryan has over twenty years of software development experience including time at NASA developing advanced automation software using AI techniques. He also worked for a consulting firm developing custom OO business apps. Currently, Bryan is a Course Developer for Sun, concentrating on Java and OO design principles. He’s worked on a large range of Sun’s Java courses including those n JDBC, J2EE, Servlets and JSP, and OO Software Development. He was also the lead designer of both the original and new version of the SCWCD exam.
Bryan is a practicing Zen Buddhist, Ultimate Frisbee player, audiophile, and telemark skier.