John D. Ament was born to a beautician and a taxi driver in the warm summer of 1983 in Ridgewood, New York. At the age of six his family moved to the northern suburbs of New Jersey. After graduating from the Rutgers University and working a few short-term IT jobs, he moved to the southern side of New Jersey just outside of Philadelphia, where he has been located for the last seven years.
In 2008, he started participating in the open source community. After working with Spring a bit here and there, he started investigating the Seam framework. After finding use of the framework in a few applications, he started participating more and more with the community.
Eventually, he became the module lead for a couple of components in Seam 3 and started working more and more with open source technologies. This led to more and more community involvement, including participation in the JMS 2.0 Expert Group.
After following through on some test-driven trends, he decided to try out a new framework called Arquillian to help automate some of the testing being performed on a few work-related projects. It surprisingly worked well, to the point of being used to perform all of the automated testing against container deployments of applications he was working on. This drove a lot of passion for the framework and his continued use of the tool today.