Gino Micacchi was attracted to Java technology like a paper clip to a superconducting magnet.
"I started playing with Java in 1997, making a little client-server applet for the first Computer
Science exam at the university. The topic was assigned to be developed on C++, but the simplicity
of Java, and the strong object-oriented approach compared to C++ got me in love with this technology."
After that first forbidden taste, Gino couldn't stop "playing" with Java technology. As a
university student, every topic became an opportunity to write some lines of code "in Java, of
course!" Since then, such playing has led him to work as Java technology developer, architect,
project lead, and consultant.
Gino became "excited" about Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition technology and has been working with
it ever since the first mobile phone with a Java VM (the Siemens SL45i) was released in 2001.
His first "real" professional experience came in 2002, when he was asked to consult on a
J2ME project for the Italian company Portel Srl, which maintains a vertical portal on the topic of
telephony. He continued working with this company on other projects related to both micro and standard
editions of Java technology. The most important of these was a web application for the Web portal
of Vodafone Italy and a MMS Location Based Service called Personal Navigator, developed in collaboration
with Sony Ericsson Italy.
In 2003, while working on a thesis for the Masters degree he obtained in 2003 in Telecommunication Engineering,
Gino started working seriously on Location Based Systems and Services in the
Java language. About that same time, he began collaborating with Tipic Inc, working on advanced
Instant Messaging platforms for both fixed and J2ME devices (based on XMPP-Jabber). He also did research
activities on innovative location-based techniques, enhancing the Presence concept with location
information. Some of his other academic research projects related to reliable IM services on wireless
networks, teleconferencing, and remote control and video-surveillance on 3G networks.
While still a student in 2002, Gino became a member of the Java Community Process (JCP) program in
order to join the Java Specification Request (JSR) 179 Location API for J2ME expert group.
Since then, he has also gotten involved as an expert in JSR 257 Contactless Communication API.
Currently, Gino's primary occupation is as research scientist for CINI Consortium, a public research
consortium of the major Italian universities, which focuses on computer science and network
related topics. He continues to consult for Tipic Inc., an USA-based company that addresses advanced
IM and community solutions and hosts and promotes blogger communities Motime.com and Splinder.com,
the major Italian blogging platform.
Italy is definitely home, but Gino hopes soon to acquire some experiences
in other countries as well. To relax, he turns to the sea, with passionate
devotion to the pursuits of swimming, scuba diving, and sailing.
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