James Gosling Joins Google Amidst Java Wars

At times when Google is fighting a tough battle over Java that has the potential of shattering its Android dreams, James Gosling, the father of Java has joined Google and has already started working there.


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Java was acquired by Oracle, as part of its acquisition of Sun Microsystems. The deal went well and Sun managed to sell out. However, what Oracle acquired through this deal was much more than Sun products. It also got hold of a set of extremely well formulated Intellectual Property from Sun Microsystems, that was specifically written as leverage against being bullied by other tech-giants. Oracle is making the most out of this.

James Gosling has written on his blog announcing this as Next on the Road. At Google, James Gosling will find other familiar faces like Tim Bray, the co-inventor of XML who has worked at Google for over a year now. Sun Microsystems and Google have seen some employee love earlier (think Eric Schmidt). Gosling’s announcement of his new job goes as,

I don’t know what I’ll be working on. I expect it’ll be a bit of everything, seasoned with a large dose of grumpy curmudgeon.

Many people have speculated that Gosling joining Google is less of a coincidence, that it is a well-calculated move to strengthen Google’s voice when it comes to Java. With the Father of Java on their side, Google might have a better chance of saving Android now.

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.