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Robert Simmons, Jr. started programming when floppy disks were really floppy and 64 KB of RAM was considered state-of-the-art. From his early days of programming BASIC and Logo on an Apple IIe, he advanced through Pascal and C to arrive in the object-oriented realm of C++. When Java was first introduced, he knew that the infant language would become a serious player among corporations; Robert learned Java and began using it as his primary language for programming in 1997. He lives and works as a Senior Software Architect in Germany.