Podcast #380: 25 Years of Java: Technology, Community, Family

May 28, 2020 | 15 minute read
Bob Rhubart
Community Manager, Oracle Groundbreakers Team
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May 23, 2020 marked the 25th anniversary of the first appearance of the Java programming language, as designed by James Gosling at Sun Microsystems. Despite the emergence of a number of competing languages over the years, Java, under Oracle’s stewardship since 2010, remains one of the most widely used languages in software development. It runs on 3 billion devices worldwide, and is used by more than 12 million developers.

But this program isn’t going to offer a history lesson, exactly. Rather, in recognition of this milestone in Java’s evolution, we sought the insight of people who regularly work with Java. We wanted their perspectives on the significance of this anniversary, and on the intersection of Java and their lives, professional and otherwise.



My colleague Javed Mohammed and I interviewed several people for this podcast (see below). Most are members of the Java Champions program, a status that is bestowed by community-driven nomination. Several of those Java Champions are also members of the Oracle Groundbreaker Ambassadors program, which recognizes those with expertise in modern development for their contributions to the developer community.

Some of the voices you’ll hear were recorded between February 19th and 21st at DevNexus 2020, the developer conference held in Atlanta, Georgia. Others were recorded remotely over several weeks in March and April.

As you listen to this program you may notice that the word “community” comes up often -- the word “family” even makes an appearance or two. It’s apparent that these professionals have a deep technological appreciation for Java. But they also place enormous value on Java as a community catalyst, a common interest that binds developers together into a living, breathing, globally distributed tribe. That passion has propelled Java’s evolution for a quarter-century, and has established Java’s place in technological history.

As one of the people featured in this program says, “Java is the technology that powers the world.” In putting this program together we set out to get an in-the-trenches view of Java’s legacy and it’s future. As you listen to these individual stories, think about how Java has changed your life, and about how you have changed Java, then share your thoughts in the comments section.

Keep the Celebration Going!

Watch this recording of a live webcast from the Java Platform Group at Oracle. You'll also find more Java 25th Anniversary content from across the community by following the hashtag #MovedByJava.

On the Mic

Java Champion Gail AndersonGail Anderson
Owner, Anderson Software Group, Inc.
Encinitas, California

Paul Anderson
Author/Lecturer, Anderson Software Group, Inc.
Encinitas, California

Java Champion Adam Bien Adam Bien
Freelancer, Author, Java Champion

Java Champion Roberto CortezRoberto Cortez
Java Independent Contractor, JMaster
Coimbra, Portugal

Java Champion Ken KousenKen Kousen
President, Kousen IT, Inc.
Marlborough, Connecticut

Java Champion Alexis LopezAlexis Lopez
Independent Consultant

Java Champion Chris RichardsonChris Richardson
Founder/CEO, Eventuate, Inc
San Francisco, California

Java Champion Otavio SantanaOtavio Santana
Developer Relations Engineer, Platform.sh
São Paulo, Brazil

Oleg SelajevOleg Selajev
Lead Developer Advocate for GraalVM, Oracle Labs
Tartu, Estonia

Java Champion Bruno SouzaBruno Souza
Principal Consultant, Summa Technologies
São Paulo, Brazil

Java Champion Venkat SubramaniamVenkat Subramaniam
President, Agile Developer, Inc.
Broomfield, Colorado

Mohamed Taman
Sr. Solutions Architect, DEVTECH
Belgrade, Serbia

Heather VanCuraHeather VanCura
Chairperson/Director, Java Community Process Program, Oracle
San Francisco, California

JOracle Community Manager Javed Mohammedaved Mohammed
Community Manager, Oracle Groundbreakers, Oracle
Milpitas, California

Additional Resources

Bob Rhubart

Community Manager, Oracle Groundbreakers Team

Oracle Groundbreaker Team Community Manager Bob Rhubart is the host/engineer/producer of the Oracle Groundbreaker Podcast, producer of the 2 Minute Tech Tip video series, hosts Groundbreaker Live interviews with technology experts recorded at Oracle Code, Oracle OpenWorld, and other events, writes a regular column for Oracle Magazine, and manages the ACES in Action blog.

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