Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Java Creator James Gosling: ‘Google Totally Slimed Sun’

Cnet: James Gosling, the creator of the Java programming language, has weighed in on the Oracle vs. Google lawsuit concerning Android’s use of Java. In a blog post, he wrote that people at Sun Microsystems, the original owner of Java, felt that Google had taken advantage of them by failing to license Java for Android. “Just because Sun didn’t have patent suits in our genetic code doesn’t mean we didn’t feel wronged,” he said. “While I have differences with Oracle, in this case they are in the right. Google totally slimed Sun. We were all really disturbed, even Jonathan: he just decided to put on a happy face and tried to turn lemons into lemonade.”

However, Gosling added, “Don’t interpret any of my comments as support for Oracle’s suit. There are no guiltless parties with white hats in this little drama. This skirmish isn’t much about patents or principles or programming languages. The suit is far more about ego, money and power.”

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