Tim has been doing software engineering for almost 18 years, and has spent the last 8 years exclusively working in open source. Tim is employed by Red Hat where he is the creator and project lead for Vert.x – the reactive, polyglot application platform. Before creating Vert.x Tim spent several years leading messaging development at JBoss – in particular creating the HornetQ messaging system, which is at the heart of Wildfly (previously known as JBoss Application Server) and JBoss Enterprise Application Platform. Tim also worked for a while with RabbitMQ at SpringSource, and was also one of the original core developers of the Mobicents telecommunication platform. Tim lives in Somerset, UK with his family.