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Kirk Pepperdine has more than 15 years of experience in informatics. During that time he has focused on applying Object Oriented methodologies and technologies to the field of distributed computing, where Kirk has functioned as a researcher, developer, designer, architect, and consultant. Kirk's career began in Biochemical Engineering, where he applied his researching skills in attaching computers to sheep and cats. Kirk has been heavily involved in the performance aspects of applications since the start of his career, and has tuned applications involving a variety of languages from Cray Assembler, through C, Smalltalk and on to Java. Kirk has focused on Java since 1996.