Java founder James Gosling has joined Google, but his role at the search-engine giant remains unclear. Gosling lands at Google after a high-profile exit from Oracle.
snatched up Java founder James Gosling.
odd twists in the road over the past year, and a tardis encountered along the
way, I find myself starting employment at Google today," Gosling wrote in a March 28
posting on his blog
. "I find it odd that this time I'm taking the
road more travelled by, but it looks like interesting fun with huge leverage."
"Tardis" is a
reference to the time machine disguised as a vintage London telephone box in
the British television show Doctor Who.
Gosling's actual role within the Googleplex, that remains unclear. "I don't
know what I'll be working on," he wrote. "I expect it'll be a bit of
everything, seasoned with a large dose of grumpy curmudgeon."
birth Java in the early 1990s, and became a vocal ambassador for the platform
in the years that followed. Sun Microsystems began deploying the technology in
1995. When Oracle finalized its $7.4 billion Sun acquisition in 2010, Gosling
stayed aboard the new company-until extenuating circumstances led him to jump
actually a long list of things that played into my leaving Oracle," Gosling
told eWEEK in an exclusive interview in September 2010
were things like my salary offer. After getting my offer from them, I tried to
figure out what my compensation would be like on my W-2 form, and it was a
major hit. They copied my base salary [from Sun]." That apparently excluded any
bonuses accrued during a typical year at Sun.
In addition to
what he perceived as a pay cut, Gosling also felt that Oracle minimized his
ability to make decisions. He said, "Oracle is an extremely micromanaged
company. So myself and my peers in the Java area were not allowed to decide
anything. All of our authority to decide anything evaporated."
apparently wanted Gosling to present himself as "a public presence for Java for
Oracle," which made him uncomfortable.
acquiring Sun, Oracle moved aggressively to use its assets in a number of ways.
In August 2010, the company fired off a lawsuit against Google for patent and
copyright infringement over the use of Java in the Google Android platform.
"During our integration meetings between Sun and Oracle," Gosling wrote in an Aug.
12, 2010, posting on his blog, "where we were being grilled about the patent
situation between Sun and Google, we could see the Oracle lawyer's eyes
On a more
benign front, Sun's assets give Oracle the opportunity to expand on its
end-to-end offerings. "Engineering the Oracle database and the Solaris
operating system enables us, for the first time, to deliver integrated computer
systems, database to disk, optimized for high performance," Oracle CEO Larry
Ellison said during an April 2009 conference call, soon after the initial Sun
takeover was announced.
subsequent quarters, however, Sun's legacy business has dragged on Oracle's bottom line
and perhaps contributed to the latter's decision to cease supporting servers based
on Intel's Itanium platform. Oracle is battling everyone from IBM and
Hewlett-Packard to Salesforce.com and Microsoft in various parts of the enterprise
Gosling has moved his curmudgeonly self to newer pastures.