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Eugene Ciurana

Eugene Ciurana specializes in designing and deploying scalable, high availability systems. As VP of Technology at Badoo Eugene had a chance to work through the expansion from 60 to 130 million social media users, secure all their payment processing systems, and build the foundations of their knowledge discovery, Big Data systems. As Director of Systems Infrastruc ture at LeapFrog Enterprises, the largest educational toy company in the United States, he and his team deployed a world-class 100% SOA system (CIO Magazine, Computerworld) that handles millions of daily operations from the LearningPath and Connected Products educational systems. In 2006 he led the first-time adoption of Linux and other open-source technologies at Walmart Stores Information Systems Division as chief liaison between Walmart.com Global and the ISD Technology Council.

Eugene has contributed to Java, Linux, and OS X open-source projects and has architected main line of business applications, embedded platforms, and real-time systems for the largest companies in the world, including LeapFrog Enterprises, Walmart, Bank One/Chase, National Oilwell Varco, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Nortel Networks, Oracle, IBM, Univex/Celanese, Nexis/Lexis, etc. He's the author of over 50 feature articles and editorials about technology and computer programming topics for such publications as TheServerSide, DZone, Software Guru, Informatique!, Computerworld, EE Times, Byte, PC/Tips, Penthouse Magazine, and OMNI, and is the best-selling author of Developing with Google App Engine. Eugene is a frequent speaker at the most attended Java programming and technology conferences worldwide such as Oracle World JavaOne, TheServerSide Java Symposium, JavaZone, GeeCON, etc.

Open Source Software became an important part of Eugene's career in 1998, when he began working with Linux. He's advocated or contributed code for such projects as LibreOffice/OpenOffice.org, the Jetty web server, awk, the One Laptop Per Child project, OpenLaszlo, the Mule Integration Platform, Ubuntu, Apache Axis, the Vim programming editor, DAViCal, and others. He was largely responsible for the official adoption of Linux as a main line of business operating system at the largest company in the world.

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