Google Hires The Father of Java, James Gosling
On April 2, 2010, Oracle Corporation may have lost the most valuable asset to their establishment. That asset was James Gosling who happens to be the developer of Java and has now accepted a position with Google Inc.
The 55 year old Gosling who created the Java programming language in 1994 resigned from Oracle shortly after Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems, the company he enjoyed working for since 1984. Gosling hated Oracle and at one point referred to their CEO Larry Ellison as “Larry, Prince of Darkness.”
Aside from developing Java, Gosling has an impressive resume. He received a B.S. degree in computer science from the University of Calgary in 1977. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1983 from Carnegie Mellon University. He wrote a version of emacs which is a class of text editors which has over 1,000 commands. Prior to joining Sun Microsystems, Gosling built a multi-processor version of Unix while at Carnegie Mellon University along with several compilers and mail systems.
The Google – Gosling team may also have some added benefits to their new relationship. In August 2010, Oracle filed a law suit against Google for infringing on copyrights and patents related to Java which Oracle acquired when purchasing Sun Microsystems. Oracle, states that Java is a competitor against Android which are both mobile operating systems, and that Google is using Java-based technologies without a proper license. Gosling if called upon should be able to help guide Google through this lawsuit.
This new chapter in Gosling’s career can bring some exciting stuff to Google but even he does not know what that will be. Google always seems to dazzle us with something new and exciting including Google Earth, Google Music, Blogger, AdSense and so much more, I can hardly wait to see what James Gosling can bring into our cyber lives.