In September 2005, Dr Heinz Kabutz was honored by being awarded
the coveted title
Champion by an international panel of Java leaders for
his work in writing The Java Specialists'
There are currently slightly
more than a hundred Java Champions, out of a pool of over
10 000 000 Java developers worldwide. Dr Kabutz is
the only South African Java Champion.
He is now a Greek citizen living on the Island of Crete in
Matt Thompson, director of Sun Developer Network, says in an
article on Java
Developer's Journal, the idea is to build "a community of Java Champions
that reflects the top echelon of contributors to the Java Community." And
he goes further: "I look at these folks as the heroes of the Java platform
... These folks are truly both a wealth of knowledge for us to tap into, as
well as a great resource to work with in making the Java platform easier to