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John Yeary

Java User Group: Greenville JUG
I am a futurist with a fundamental belief that technology can transform and enlighten, or condemn us. It is for us to decide.


John Yeary is a Java evangelist and has been working with Java since 1995. John is a technical blogger with a focus on Java Enterprise Edition technology, NetBeans, and GlassFish. John is currently the President of the Greenville Java Users Group (GreenJUG), and its founder. The Greenville Java Users Group celebrated its 10th year as a JUG in 2012. He is as instructor, mentor, and a prolific open source contributor.

John graduated from Maine Maritime Academy with a B.Sc. Marine Engineering with a concentration in mathematics. He is a merchant marine officer, and has a number of licenses and certifications. When he is not doing Java and F/OSS projects he likes to hike, sail, travel, and spend time with his family. John is also a Cub Scout Den Leader in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Pack 833 Den 8, and a Unit Commissioner.

Organizations and Projects

  • Southeast Linuxfest Foundation Treasurer and Board Member
  • Java User Groups Community Leader (
  • Java Enterprise Community Leader (
  • JavaOne Technical Content Reviewer - Java Tools and Emerging Languages (4 Years)
  • JavaOne Technical Content Reviewer - Java EE Platform and Frameworks (2 Years)
  • JavaOne 2011 Planning Committee
  • Duke's Choice Award Selection Committee (2010-2012)
  • JavaOne Speaker (2009, 2010-2012)
  • OSCON committee member
  • JCP member
  • Project Woodstock Committer and Maintainer (
  • Java Boot Camp Project Owner (
Prior JUG Member Spotlights