Father of Java forced out by Oracle

James Gosling, the father of the Java programming language, has left Oracle and leaving suspicions he was not happy with the way he was being treated.

Oracle has  recently completed its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, which Gosling had been with for more than 25 years. But it appears that the original designer of Java could not work under the tyranny of Oracle, with its more straight-laced enterprise company culture.

Gosling resigned from Oracle at the beginning of the month and posted a very revealing entry on his blog: “As to why I left, it’s difficult to answer: Just about anything I could say that would be accurate and honest would do more harm than good.”

He added: “The hardest part is no longer being with all the great people I’ve had the privilege to work with over the years. I don’t know what I’m going to do next, other than take some time off before I start job hunting.”

It was obvious that Gosling was not happy with the Oracle takeover. In his previous two entries, not controlled by Oracle, he proclaimed the death of Sun Microsystems, as well as combining the words Sun and Oracle to create ‘Snoracle’. 

Gosling won’t have a shortage of job offers though. He is responsible for originally developing Java, an influential programming language which is used from application software to web applications.

He implemented Java’s original compiler and virtual machine, as well as being a  contributor to the Real-Time Specification for Java. He was also a researcher at Sun Labs, CTO at Sun’s Developer Products Group and its Client Software Group.

The Java community was in mourning at the news, with TechEye’s resident geek James Crowley saying it clearly raised questions about the future of Java.

He said: “MySQL was always going to struggle for its identity under Oracle, but Java was much more of a known quantity. now that Gosling has left (under vaguely mysterious circumstances) the whole Java community will surely be questioning Oracle’s future plans.”

But Gosling himself was taking things positively, saying he would be taking time off before looking for a new job.

As ‘Willie Legg’ commented on Gosling’s blog: “Congratulations James. As we all watch Sun’s slow painful death at the hands of the biggest buttmunch in the tech world, we all look forward to the next big thing from such incredible talent as yourself.”