Gerald Gierer has been involved in enterprise web application projects for over 15 years and continues to find his work challenging and rewarding. He started his software development career working with C, PowerBuilder, and Unix, until the rise of the Internet and Java, which caught his attention. In 2000, he made a conscious decision to focus on Internet application development using the Java language.
The frustration of working with the first EJB implementations was the predominant reason he investigated alternatives that could make enterprise development more productive. In 2004, he first heard of the Spring Framework and quickly realized how comprehensive and well-designed this alternative to EJB was. Since then, he has architected and developed many Spring projects using a range view technologies including JSP, JSF, Struts, Tiles, Freemarker, DWR and YUI.
Gerald lives in Geelong, Australia but often spends time in Europe, having lived and worked for five years in Munich. In his spare time he enjoys keeping fit, brewing beer, being outdoors and rock climbing: a passion that has kept him sane for over 25 years.