|"When Java came out, I read 'write once, run anywhere', which seemed to be a perfect solution to me. "|
Since 1996, Ciucci has won almost all the top awards in the Java community, including those from Gamelan, JARS, Tucows, ZDNet, and so on. He currently runs his own company along with a small team of Java developers, called AnfyTeam. The site, anfyteam.com, is translated into 31 languages (no kidding, folks!) and gets half a million visitors from all over the world each month.
|"In the specific field of visual effects, I have to say ... nowadays the only difficult part is probably to come up with a new idea and have it implemented, without the need of worrying too much about software and hardware performance issues. "|
As for the artistic flavor he brought to Java, here are some words from the man himself: "Well ... born in Lucca, Italy (near Pisa's tower and Florence), my work in visual effects are probably influenced by Renaissance style." There is no doubt that his academic training at the Institute of the Arts and Florence Architecture University certainly helped shape his artistic views as well.
Inspired by Java's and the Web's capabilities and potentials, he decided to set up his own online company as his audience continued to grow. He then discontinued architecture and pursued his dream of being a cyber-architect rather than a real-world one. With the combination of his Java and art skills, his company has taken the Java world surprise and has been successful since.
One of the main characteristics of his team is that products are made by groups of skilled programmers who also consider themselves artists. The variety of their audience also tells the story. They range from webmasters, to developers, to artists.
AnfyTeam also does custom work for corporations on a contract basis, which has attracted some major companies to them, such as Intel Corp. To let more people share their expertise, the team's most recent project is to convert their own proprietary 3D classes into an application programming interface (API) available for download to the general public. This state-of-the-art package is a valid alternative to Sun's Java 3D APIs, especially as it runs on actual browsers, unlike Java 1.2 3D, which is still not supported. And it is intended for real-time 3D Web applications. Feel free to check out their 3D site for more details.