James Gosling, father of the Java programming language, has finally found a job, nearly a year after he quit Oracle-owned Sun. Gosling’s latest employer happens to be Internet giant Google, which, very interestingly, has been accused of “knowingly, directly and repeatedly” copying Java code by Oracle.
“Through some odd twists in the road over the past year, and a tardis encountered along the way, I find myself starting employment at Google today,” the Java patriarch announced in a
Monday. But he didn’t reveal any details of his role at Google, claiming to be in the dark about “what I'll be working on.” However, he surely must have learned a lot by now.
While his new job is widely expected to have a lot do with Android for obvious reasons, there is a lot of
speculation about the possible ways in which he could help Google in its legal battle against Oracle.
Apart from criticizing Oracle, he has also raised concerns about Google’s “very weak notions of interoperability” among Android devices. He believes this fragmentation has had an adverse impact on the freedom of software developers.
As for Oracle’s lawsuit against Google, this is what he wrote in an earlier blog post: “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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