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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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Elvis, Meet Portability

Posted by bleonard on April 14, 2006 at 12:59 PM PDT

Last month I took a Cay S.

Elvis, Meet NetBeans

Posted by bleonard on March 28, 2006 at 1:31 PM PST

I was reviewing Cay S. Hortsmann's article, Elvis Meets GlassFish, and I have to say I REALLY like his approach.

What is NetBeans?

Posted by bleonard on February 28, 2006 at 4:44 PM PST

If your answer is an IDE, you're half right. It's also probably what more than 90% of my readers have answered. Few folks seem to know that NetBeans is also a platform for building desktop applications. I was on the phone with an analyst last week who was absolutely shocked to learn this fact.

Accessing Derby from Creator

Posted by bleonard on January 30, 2006 at 5:13 PM PST

Yes, I'm a NetBeans guy, but since Creator 2's been released, I can't stop playing with it.

Accessing Derby using JNDI

Posted by bleonard on January 17, 2006 at 4:31 PM PST

After reading my Derby Tutorial, a co-worker asked me about using JNDI to access the Derby database. Here are the steps required to access Derby as a resource configured in Tomcat 5.5.

Getting Started

Getting Started With EJB 3.0

Posted by bleonard on January 5, 2006 at 12:23 PM PST

If you read my bio, you'll see that I have a pretty deep background in J2EE technology. However, over the past year I've been focusing on other technologies, like the eBay SDK for Java and J2ME.

Another Reason to be Proud

Posted by bleonard on December 9, 2005 at 7:45 AM PST

Eclipse just announced the release candidate for their Web Tools Project. However, it appears to be getting a luke warm reception. It's been over a year now since NetBeans first announced its release candidate of 4.1 with J2EE support, and it has received nothing but praise.

The Fast Way to $5000

Posted by bleonard on November 18, 2005 at 6:14 PM PST

eBay just launched their Developer Challenge 2006. Here's a chance to potentially win $5000 plus a host of other prizes.

Create This

Posted by bleonard on November 7, 2005 at 6:57 AM PST

As a technology evangelist for NetBeans I obviously spend a lot of my time showing developers all of the great new features in the IDE.

More Easy JSTL

Posted by bleonard on September 30, 2005 at 11:34 AM PDT

Yesterday I put together a blog showing how easy it is to work with JSTL in NetBeans. One thankful reader asked for a follow-up on using the JSTL XML library.