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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.


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Building a Ruby Sample for NetBeans

Posted by bleonard on March 26, 2007 at 3:26 PM PDT

We're in the process of creating some sample applications to ship with the NetBeans Ruby module, one of which will be based on the screencast, Putting Flickr on Rails.

Using IRB in NetBeans

Posted by bleonard on March 23, 2007 at 11:17 AM PDT

I've been playing around with the IRB (Interactive Ruby Shell) Console in NetBeans. Generally, IRB is started from the command prompt in the directory containing your scripts. However, in NetBeans, it's launched from the NetBeans installation directory. So here are some tips on using IRB in NetBeans.

Instant Rails with NetBeans

Posted by bleonard on March 19, 2007 at 11:24 AM PDT

Two weeks ago I introduced myself to Ruby on Rails, which was, technically, JRuby on Rails.

If You Thought Rails Development Was Fast Before...

Posted by bleonard on March 5, 2007 at 2:32 PM PST

A while back I watched the Creating a weblog in 15 minutes video that everyone was raving about and I remember thinking, yuck, too much command line.

5 Things You Probably Don't Know...

Posted by bleonard on January 5, 2007 at 7:34 AM PST

I have been tagged by Roman,
and my goal is to quickly tag 5 others before href="">Gregg, href="">Geertjan, href="">Lukas or href="">James get to them:

Java On Bare Metal

Posted by bleonard on December 10, 2006 at 3:38 PM PST

This past Thursday night Sun sponsored the CT JUG's holiday party. We were lucky to get guest speaker Angela Caicedo all the way from Sydney Australia.

Need a Primary Key? Let Me Show You the Ways

Posted by bleonard on December 5, 2006 at 7:15 AM PST

When you're adding a table record and need a primary key, you can choose to generat

Using Composite Keys with JPA

Posted by bleonard on November 29, 2006 at 9:14 AM PST

The Java Persistence API is beautif

A Conversation with Seam

Posted by bleonard on November 15, 2006 at 10:51 AM PST

Another one of Seam's compelling f

Running JBoss' Seam on GlassFish

Posted by bleonard on June 20, 2006 at 3:07 PM PDT

My previous blog entries document how to incorporate Seam into an existing JSF / EJB 3.0 application running on JBoss. In this entry, I'm going to run that application on GlassFish. Seam has changed quite a bit in the short time period since those entries were written, so I'll provide for you a working Seam application to start.