My name is Lionel Rivas. I am a native of the island of Key West, Florida, however, I've lived in the Midwest for the past 15 years (I know… that's an extreme change, right?). I am a husband, father, passionate runner, and Java Technology enthusiast. My other passions (far too many to name them all here) include gourmet cuisine, photography and Jazz music.
My passion for technology was ignited when I studied Computer Programming. I felt a strong sense of empowerment as I was discovering that my ideas could influence the behavior of a computer. It was at that moment that I understood the power of an idea and I knew that creating software would become my vehicle of self-expression. I furthered my education at another college where I focused specifically on creating software with Java Technology.
In my years as a Java Technology Consultant, I have had the privilege to work with incredibly talented individuals on a number of exciting projects in some of the most successful companies in the US including Overstock.com, US Bank, Delta Airlines, and Kohl’s. Exposure to a number of different industries has been a tremendous benefit to my professional growth and development. In each and every one of these cases, motivated from within, I've demonstrated the ability to quickly understand complicated aspects of business and technology in order to be effective in designing, developing, and delivering solutions. I have learned a great deal from these experiences. It is my vision that this blog will be a platform for expressing my passion for Java Technology, sharing what I’ve learned, and empowering others.