Java inventor James Gosling joins Google

by CXOtoday Staff    Mar 29, 2011

JamesGoslingGoogle (NASDAQ:GOOG) has snapped up James Gosling who invented the Java programming language while at Sun Microsystems. Gosling resigned from Sun in April last year, following Sun’s takeover by Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL). Though he never publically announced what went wrong, eWeek reported then, that he had differences with the management regarding his role and salary.

Yesterday, Gosling announced on his personal blog that he has now joined Google. His exact role in the company is not known as of now, and even Google has not made an official announcement yet. However, in the blog post Gosling wrote, “I don’t know what I’ll be working on. I expect it’ll be a bit of everything, seasoned with a large dose of grumpy curmudgeon.”

Java is crucial to Android, which uses the Dalvik Virtual Machine over a Linux foundation; the applications themselves are written in Java, compiled to byte-code and translated into a single Android package for Dalvik. While Android includes a majority of the common java packages, these are accompanied by its own hierarchy. This is also true for the crucial areas of telephony and network communications, and the 2D and 3D graphics. Considering this, it might be safe to assume that Gosling will be tasked with making the Android OS more efficient.

Interestingly, Oracle had, in August 2010, filed a complaint against Google for patent and copyright infringement, stating that Google infringed on Java-related IP during the development of its Android platform. With Gosling, the father of Java and a known critic of Oracle, now joining the Google camp, things might just get more interesting.