Java Spotlight Episode 150: James Gosling on Java

Interview with James Gosling, father of Java and Java Champion, on the history of Java, his work at Liquid Robotics, NetBeans IDE, the future of Java and what he sees as the next revolutionary trend in the computer industry.

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Show Notes

Feature Interview

James Gosling received a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Calgary, Canada in 1977. He received a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1983. The title of his thesis was "The Algebraic Manipulation of Constraints". He spent many years as a VP & Fellow at Sun Microsystems. He has built satellite data acquisition systems, a multiprocessor version of Unix, several compilers, mail systems and window managers. He has also built a WYSIWYG text editor, a constraint based drawing editor and a text editor called `Emacs' for Unix systems. At Sun his early activity was as lead engineer of the NeWS window system. He did the original design of the Java programming language and implemented its original compiler and virtual machine. He has been a contributor to the Real-Time Specification for Java, and a researcher at Sun labs where his primary interest was software development tools.     He then was the Chief Technology Officer of Sun's Developer Products Group and the CTO of Sun's Client Software Group. He briefly worked for Oracle after the acquisition of Sun. After a year off, he spent some time at Google and is now the chief software architect at Liquid Robotics where he spends his time writing software for the Waveglider, an autonomous ocean-going robot.



Comments:

As a Canadian, I'm proud that James is Canadian as well. By the way, it's refreshing to see that the relationship between James and Oracle has warmed up a bit since he left SUN after it got acquired by Oracle.

I wish that interview contained a more in-depth information on what really happened with Oracle, and why he joined Google after claiming (on his blog) that Google slimed Sun, and why he left Google after less than 6 months.

Posted by Fadi El-Eter on October 31, 2013 at 10:52 AM PDT #

I was really sad to hear this was Roger's last podcast. You have done a brilliant job and I will miss your voice on my IPod.

Is the podcast still going to continue?

Posted by mark stephens on November 04, 2013 at 08:13 AM PST #

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