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James Gosling is Now a Googler

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People have been asking the question for months - "Is Google the new Sun?"  Well, you can still argue that the answer is "no," but it just became a tougher argument because James Gosling just told us he started his first day of work at Google. 

The short announcement showed up on Gosling's blog this morning and took the Java world completely by surprise:

"I find myself starting employment at Google today. One of the toughest things about life is making choices. I had a hard time saying 'no' to a bunch of other excellent possibilities.  I find it odd that this time I'm taking the road more travelled by, but it looks like interesting fun with huge leverage."

No word yet on what James will be working on, but I wouldn't be surprised if this job offering is connected to Oracle's lawsuit against Android.  However, I'm sure a vast number of companies were planning on courting Gosling to join their ranks.  It's probably not a coincidence that Gosling has been taking the last year off.  It's possible that he was under a 1-year non-compete contract with Oracle.  

Although Oracle likely owns everything that Gosling ever developed at Sun, there may be a way that he can help Google out of its legal wrangling with Oracle.  One of his patents (RE38,104) is part of Oracle's current patent infringement suit.  Of course, I'm not saying that Google didn't also want Gosling's vast programming expertise and creative mind.  I'm sure Google understands that they need to use him as more than just a patent shield - and there's no guarantee that he could actually deflect any of Oracle's infringement claims.

The move surprised some because he was previously critical of Google at the time when Android was first emerging.  He also predicted the problems that Android is having right now with keeping all of the handset makers in line with the open source software.

We'll keep you updated if any new information about the hiring emerges.


Rick Ross replied on Mon, 2011/03/28 - 10:40am

Congratulations to James on his new job and to Google for a major new hire! I hope it is successful for them both and for the Java community at large.

Hatem Alimam replied on Mon, 2011/03/28 - 10:54am

It is a good move. Congrats to James. and hope to see Google rise more and more with his creativiry.

Aaron Houston replied on Mon, 2011/03/28 - 11:36am

It's been a long and rocky road! James, was (and still is) the most inspiring person to me while working @Sun; he's truly a "genuine person" and that's something no company could ever buy.  It will be nice to see him out in the developer community more frequently. Congrats! James!

Aaron Houston
former Java User Grp Coordinator
now with Adobe's Community Team
"thisishouston1" on twitter

Marco Tedone replied on Mon, 2011/03/28 - 3:09pm

Great minds working together...Nice to see and a hope for the open-source community.

Ferdinando Sant... replied on Mon, 2011/03/28 - 4:49pm

The next it's me! :-P
Go James!! :-)

Ankur Gupta replied on Mon, 2011/03/28 - 5:48pm

Congrats James, relatively Open Source community can expect better open source from Google compared to Oracle.

José Luis Jaimes replied on Mon, 2011/03/28 - 7:46pm

Great news for Java developers!!!

Rick Hightower replied on Mon, 2011/03/28 - 11:31pm


Sivaprasadreddy... replied on Tue, 2011/03/29 - 12:55am

Congratulations to Google for having such a great guy with you :-)

Mehdi Heidarzadeh replied on Tue, 2011/03/29 - 3:14pm

I think Google is the best company for such a genuine scientist. Good Luck James, The Father of JAVA.

Bikes Direct replied on Fri, 2011/08/12 - 2:43pm

He is generally credited as the inventor of the Java programming language in 1994. He created the original design of Java and implemented its original compiler and virtual machine. -BikesDirect

Gar Labs replied on Tue, 2011/08/23 - 12:06pm

Congratulation to google for having a great person. I wonder how much google lures him to work there? More power James and Good Luck on your new adventure. -GAR Labs

Guru Pai replied on Mon, 2012/12/10 - 6:16am

 Congrats James, hope this will help all java community from patent infringement.

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