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Brian Leonard is a Sales Engineer at Oracle responsible for Oracle's Fusion Middle products including WebLogic, SOA Suite and Exalogic. Prior to joining the Oracle sales organization, Brian was a Product Manager for Oracle's Solaris technologies.

Brian began his career working as a systems engineer with EDS at Enron, but claims no responsibility for Enron's ultimate demise. Always wanting to experience California, Brian moved from Houston to Silicon Valley in 1991 just in time to ride the .com wave. In 1997 Brian joined the startup NetDynamics, which was pushing a new concept called an application server. In 1998 NetDynamics was acquired by Sun Microsystems and soon after J2EE (now Java EE) was born. Brian then spent the rest of his career working in the application server space before his boss suggested he consider joining the than left for dead NetBeans team. During that time the NetBeans community grew from thousands to millions of users, and Brian falls to sleep at night assuming he played some small part in fueling that growth.

Brian spends almost all of his spare time hanging out with his 3 awesome kids, in fear of the day they wake-up and decide he's no longer cool enough to hang out with.


bleonard's blog

Blogging for Dollars (and T-Shirts)

Posted by bleonard on March 18, 2008 at 11:37 AM PDT


Hello Grails!

Posted by bleonard on January 30, 2008 at 6:37 PM PST

NetBeans 6.1 M1 was just released, and with it comes rudimentary support for the Groovy language and the Grails framework. I say rudimentary because this is M1, but there's a lot of work in progress as you can see from this task list.

Testing Rails Applications

Posted by bleonard on January 4, 2008 at 11:04 AM PST

All well developed applications are supported by tests. In this entry I extend the web log I've been building to include some unit, functional and integration tests.

An Introduction to using AJAX with Rails: Take 2

Posted by bleonard on December 4, 2007 at 4:25 PM PST

In my first take on introducing AJAX with Rails, when a new comment is posted to an entry, the entire set of existing comments is replaced with a new set containing the new comment. Although the request is asynchronous, it's still inefficient, especially if the list of comments grows large.

Rails and JPA (Instead of ActiveRecord)

Posted by bleonard on September 26, 2007 at 8:30 AM PDT

Out of sheer morbid curiosity, I wondered what it would take to replace ActiveRecord with JPA in the classic blog demo. Jeroen Zwartepoorte, a developer I met last week at RailsConf, convinced me to go ahead and publish my results.

Rails to Java via REST

Posted by bleonard on August 16, 2007 at 3:37 PM PDT

Since I've been studying the Rails fram

An Introduction to Building RESTful Web Services in Java Using NetBeans 6.0

Posted by bleonard on July 18, 2007 at 12:54 PM PDT

So, REST based web services are simpler than SOAP, right?

Using Selection Lists in Rails

Posted by bleonard on July 10, 2007 at 7:17 AM PDT