Father of Java weighs in on Oracle Google lawsuit

James Gosling
James Gosling, the father of Java

Java creator James Gosling has weighed in on the ongoing Oracle/Google lawsuit, coming down on the side of Larry Ellison’s mob.

Gosling was part of the team at Sun Microsystems that in 1985 created the Java programming language, which now forms a vital part of billions of devices across the world.

He left Sun Microsystems not long after it was acquired by Oracle for $7.4bn in 2010.

At the time he wrote 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. 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."

Oracle and Google are currently involved in an ugly lawsuit that claims the Android operating system infringes on Java patents. When that suit kicked off in August 2010, Gosling again took to his personal blog to criticise Oracle and claimed that patents and lawsuits were never in Sun’s makeup.

"During the integration meetings between Sun and Oracle where we were being grilled about the patent situation between Sun and Google, we could see the Oracle lawyer’s eyes sparkle. Filing patent suits was never in Sun’s genetic code," he wrote.

Now that the case has reached court, Gosling has clarified his comments and said that he agrees with Oracle’s stance on the matter.

"Just because Sun didn’t have patent suits in our genetic code doesn’t mean we didn’t feel wronged," he wrote.

"While I have differences with Oracle, in this case they are in the right. Google totally slimed Sun," he continued. "We were all really disturbed, even Jonathan [Schwartz, former Sun CEO]: he just decided to put on a happy face and tried to turn lemons into lemonade, which annoyed a lot of folks at Sun."


Further reading:

Father of Java James Gosling quits Oracle

James Gosling warns of ‘culture clash’ if IBM buys Sun

Q&A: James Gosling on Sun-IBM, cloud, SOA, and of course Java

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