History is littered with the stories of iconoclasts--people who truly stood out as pioneers, lateral thinkers, and in some cases, outright heroes--and their successes and failures. From the baseball management vision of Branch Hickey to the glassblowing vision of Dale Chihuly to the engineering design vision of Steve Jobs, iconoclasts have changed our world in subtle and profound ways, sometimes loudly, sometimes quietly. For an industry that seems so ripe and so rife with "special personalities", it would seem that programming is tied up deeply with iconoclasm. But what defines the iconoclast, what demarcates the "true" iconoclast from the mere pretender, and how can we use the characteristics of the iconoclast to change our own immediate surroundings for the better?
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Ted Neward is the CTO of iTrellis, an IT consulting services company specializing in high-scale enterprise systems, working with clients ranging in size from Fortune 500 corporations to small 10-person shops. He is an authority in Java and .NET technologies, particularly in the areas of Java/.NET integration (both in-process and via integration tools like Web services), back-end enterprise software systems, and virtual machine/execution engine plumbing.He is the author or co-author of several books, including Effective Enterprise Java, C# In a Nutshell, SSCLI Essentials, Server-Based Java Programming, and a contributor to several technology journals. Ted is also a Microsoft MVP Architect, BEA Technical Director, INETA speaker, former DevelopMentor instructor, frequent worldwide conference speaker, and a member of various Java JSRs. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, two sons, and eight PCs.Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Ted's blogiTrellis is focused on providing research, analysis, consulting and writing services, all aimed at building enterprise systems in an ethical and morally responsible manner. Previous clients have included Intuit, Microsoft, IBM, FedEx, and vertical industry consortiums, as well as numerous small startups. Headed by Ted Neward, an industry icon with over twelve years of enterprise development experience in all manner of environments, iTrellis will work with you and your team in a variety of ways, all designed to help your team achieve the success you deserve.
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