Paul Tepper Fisher first began working in technology at Johns Hopkins University, where he spent several years developing a distance learning application for neuroscience, while completing graduate school there. He has founded two technology start-ups: SmartPants Media, Inc., a software development company specializing in interactive multimedia technology; and dialmercury.com, which develops telephony applications using VoIP and Java.
Paul was also manager of technology at Wired.com, where he lead the software development team for the on-line publications of Wired.com, webmonkey.com, and howto.wired.com, using Spring, Grails, and Java technology.
Currently, Paul is director of engineering for a new music service at Lime Company, where he manages several development teams using agile methodologies. Comprised of client-side and server-side components developed using Java, the music service is designed for horizontal scalability and leverages cloud-computing to dynamically change the infrastructure size in response to load. You can read Paul s blog at http://www.paultepperfisher.com. Paul lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Brian D. Murphy has been enamored with computers and programming since he got his first computer, an Apple IIc, in 1984. He graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor of science degree in computer science, and has focused on web development in a variety of settings ranging from early-stage startups to large, multinational corporations in fields covering eCommerce, consulting, finance and media. He was an early adopter of Spring and Hibernate, and has been using both frameworks on large production systems since 2003.
In his present role, Brian is the chief architect and director of engineering at CondeNast, where he oversees the web and mobile presence for 25 award-winning brands such as wired.com, newyorker.com, epicurious.com, and vanityfair.com. He and his team leverage both Spring and Hibernate to power all of Conde's online products, drawing tens of millions of unique visitors each month. Brian deals with the challenges of building and operating scalable, distributed systems every single day.
Brian lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with his wife, Dania, son, Liam, and their dog, Cooper. You can follow Brian on Twitter @brimurph, or read his blog at http://turmoildrivendevelopment.com.