James Ward works for Typesafe where he teaches developers the Typesafe Platform (Play Framework, Scala, and Akka). James frequently presents at conferences around the world, such as JavaOne, Devoxx, and many other Java get–togethers. Along with Bruce Eckel, James co–authored First Steps in Flex. He has also published numerous screencasts, blogs, and technical articles. Starting with Pascal and Assembly in the 80's, James found his passion for writing code. Beginning in the 90's, he began doing web development with HTML, Perl/CGI, then Java. After building a Flex and Java based customer service portal in 2004 for Pillar Data Systems, he became a Technical Evangelist for Flex at Adobe. In 2011, James became a Principal Developer Evangelist at Salesforce.com where he taught developers how to deploy apps on the cloud with Heroku. James Tweets as @_JamesWard, and posts code at github.com/jamesward.
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