Jonathan Giles is a Principal Java Architect at Microsoft. Before this he was a technical lead in the JavaFX team at Sun Microsystems and Oracle Corp for nine years, where he led the development of the JavaFX UI controls library, and other related libraries. With his considerable contributions to Java releases 7 through 11, he takes immense pride in having his code deployed on almost every computer on the planet. Jonathan is passionate about creating excellent developer experiences with considered API design, documentation, testing, and tooling. He has toured the world extensively to present and write on these topics, and as a result he is a Java Champion, JavaOne Rockstar, and a Duke’s Choice award-winner.
I trained as a software engineer – I received Massey Scholar in my undergraduate Bachelor of Engineering Honours in Software Engineering degree, and Masterate Scholar in my postgraduate Master of Science in Computer Science.
I’ve founded startups and worked in the largest software companies in the world. I’ve worked on cutting edge software, and on open source projects used by few, to used by millions. My code, almost without doubt, is sitting on the computer you are using to read this text.
My largest, and longest, software contribution has been to the OpenJDK project, the project that all Java developers use for their APIs. I worked on the OpenJDK at Sun Microsystems and Oracle between 2009 and 2018, contributing significantly as a principal, and ultimately consulting, member of technical staff (IC4 and IC5). I worked as a technical lead in charge of a large area of the JavaFX UI toolkit, with a team of people under my technical leadership.
Today I work as a Principal Java Architect at Microsoft. My role is to serve as the Java architect for Azure SDKs, and to help drive excellence in our Java developer experience. I am heavily involved in driving the API design for our next generation of Java Azure SDKs, working alongside a team of excellent engineers to make this a reality.
Previously I was a Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft. I worked with engineering, documentation, advocacy, and management, as well as the community of Java on Azure users to ensure everyone was heading in the same direction. I presented frequently at conferences, but just as frequently I was working behind the scenes with all stakeholders to make sure Java on Azure is meeting the needs of real-world developers.
I am a Java Champion, an active public speaker at conferences, a ‘JavaOne Rockstar’, a ‘Dukes Choice’ award winner, a blogger, a sought-after technical reviewer of programming books, an author, an open source contributor, and a father.
I am always open to be contacted for interesting roles and opportunities. Please feel free to contact me.