James Duncan Davidson is a photographer, author, and software developer living in Portland, Oregon. He is perhaps best known for his work on Apache Tomcat and Apache Ant, both open source software projects created during his tenure at Sun Microsystems. More recently, he has participated in the creation of 6 books, helped to create several websites with Ruby on Rails, and is pursuing a growing photographic business.
James Duncan Davidson (born July 29, 1970 in Lubbock, Texas) is an American photographer and former software developer. While a software engineer at Sun Microsystems (19972001), Davidson created Tomcat, a Javabased webserver application and the Ant Javabased build tool. He was raised in Oklahoma and Texas, and is currently selfemployed as both a software consultant and a photographer. He is a resident of Portland, Oregon. Duncan has in the recent past (20052006) turned his programming interests and attention in the direction of Ruby on Rails. In tandem with wellknown Rails guru Mike Clark, Davidson has designed and built some of the most complex and robust early Rails applications. Starting in 2005, Duncan added photography to his other professional focuses. He has served as the primary event photographer at several high-profile technology conferences. Since 2009 he has been the