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On a New Road

Time to move on...Friday April 9, 2010
Yes, indeed, the rumors are true: I resigned from Oracle a week ago (April 2nd). I apologize to everyone in St Petersburg who came to TechDays on Thursday expecting to hear from me. I really hated not being there. As to why I left, it's difficult to answer: Just about anything I could say that would be accurate and honest would do more harm than good. The hardest part is no longer being with all the great people I've had the privilege to work with over the years. I don't know what I'm going to do next, other than take some time off before I start job hunting.

This is the new home of my blog. It contains all of my old blog entries from Sun: Sun's blogging policy gave bloggers rights to their own works. The few more recent blog entries that I did at were written under somewhat more strict policies :-)


I once read you enjoyed building with a hammer as much as you do with a keyboard. Take a break, build a cabin in the woods, then we look forward to your next move in the computing world.

Posted by Calgary Cowboy on April 11, 2010 at 06:40 AM PDT #

Wow, it's really quite a coincidence: I have just learned about you, your contributions, and the beauty of the Java language this year. Java happens to be the first programming language I really got my chops on: I'm finally writing sophisticated level of code, and my professors are urging me to take this as far as I can. I'm planning on getting acquainted with C++ this summer, but I really hope Java stays around. Thank you for giving generations of current and future computer scientists the chance to learn. We salute you.

Posted by Michael on April 11, 2010 at 06:57 AM PDT #

Congratulations, James. Change comes to us all, recognizing when it is time to move on is sometimes hard. You have created a wonderful legacy with Java and Sun. All the best for the future.

Posted by Ed Lycklama on April 11, 2010 at 06:57 AM PDT #

Worst news for all Java community. Even more horrible than the purchase of sun.

Posted by Siarhei Krauchenia on April 11, 2010 at 07:00 AM PDT #

Congratulations James. As we all watch Sun's slow painful death at the hands of the biggest buttmunch in the tech world, we all look forward to the next big thing from such incredible talent as yourself.

Posted by Willie Legg on April 11, 2010 at 07:04 AM PDT #

Great move, James. People like you make large corporations successful; not the other way round. Your legacy inspires others to keep open minds and open hearts lead the way. Looking forward to your next great contribution.

Posted by Hazem Mahsoub on April 11, 2010 at 07:59 AM PDT #

Hi, Hope you start work for - i never thought that I would say this - at Google developing the next generation of java... ;) /Fred

Posted by Fred on April 11, 2010 at 08:19 AM PDT #

You realize you're one of the few people who could give Larry Ellison the finger, tell him to go someplace hot, and not find his career in the dumpster? Way to waste the opportunity. But congratulations!

Posted by Kate on April 11, 2010 at 08:19 AM PDT #

For the geeky canadian that I am, you sir are a major source of inspiration. May you never loose your inner freedom.

Posted by Nicolas on April 11, 2010 at 08:22 AM PDT #

This is the last post I would have wanted to read in this post-sun era... I remember being at the first JavaOne ever, meeting you around the stands and having you sign my Java books with your hand... And, last but not least, reading your speach at some last conference (few weeks ago), I remember me saying to myself "well, ok, if he feels good with Oracle Java, we can stay safe". What should I think now? Should I worry all my life investment in your incredible language are at some end?... ...Sun is really dead now... :(

Posted by Gabriele Bulfon on April 11, 2010 at 08:22 AM PDT #

Sorry to hear that. At the same time I have envy, not everyone can take time off and return to find work. Good luck in this new phase.

Posted by roman on April 11, 2010 at 08:25 AM PDT #

Your courgage and contribution in an inspiration to all

Posted by Lizzi on April 11, 2010 at 08:59 AM PDT #

Oh well, TechDays were ok, but people indeed were pretty disappointed. Good luck with whatever your are planning to do

Posted by Eleanna on April 11, 2010 at 09:19 AM PDT #

Take your time my friend, everyone from Sun leaving Oracle deserves a well earned rest. Specially if that someone, besides pleasing shareholders, accomplished the "side task" of writing the lines of mankind IT history. We'll be ALL waiting to hear from you in a near future James. Thanks for everything, be in peace :D

Posted by Daniel on April 11, 2010 at 09:36 AM PDT #

Best wishes James. We are all looking forward to your next big project!

Posted by Vancouver Sunshine on April 11, 2010 at 09:40 AM PDT #

You are the creator of Java. Oracle just owns the "java " trademark. Your book "the java programming language" inspired me. I was "javalized" by this book. This book is painful to read. I would regard it as a philosophy book. Thank you.

Posted by fishladder2 on April 11, 2010 at 09:44 AM PDT #

I'm glad I never learned Java. Initially I was put off by all the marketing hype (applets!). Then the schizophrenic API's and launguage changes. More recently, Oracle's acquisition of Sun. Best.Decision.Ever.

Posted by no-java on April 11, 2010 at 09:55 AM PDT #

well done! I wondered how long it would take.. :-)

Posted by mac on April 11, 2010 at 09:57 AM PDT #

really sad news. well,hope you enjoy your new journey.Best wishes:)

Posted by zhushen on April 11, 2010 at 10:06 AM PDT #

A big loss for JAVA. Good luck with what you will do. I hope you still contribute to JAVA in other way.

Posted by chaouachi nizar on April 11, 2010 at 10:10 AM PDT #

Java R.I.P. Well Java isn't dead yet but I think it is dying and when Oracle took over the nails where firmly seated in the java coffin. Glad you left. I think Oracle is one of the least innovative tech companies in history. Everyone knows they basically stole their flagship RDBMS from IBM SQL/DS in the eighties...Larry and his little thieves.

Posted by Andy on April 11, 2010 at 10:20 AM PDT #

Don't worry about the next big thing. Focus on what you love and it WILL be the next big thing.

Posted by Markg on April 11, 2010 at 10:25 AM PDT #

Java which needed a rightful place in history will soon be history. Other than creating a horde of junk programmers , it made a lot of wealth for offshore body shoppers and screwed up a lot systems that ran pecefully in legacy systems with it's absolutely stupid deployment features .. R.I.P....Thanks James.

Posted by bugsbunny on April 11, 2010 at 10:56 AM PDT #


Posted by tjfj on April 11, 2010 at 11:05 AM PDT #

James you created bread and butter for so many people in the world interns of this recesssion market also people with java skills are hot cakes....I work at I use java and selenium are my guru for the past 5 years....sad to hear the news.... But all good things in world will end....we are living in your legacy java world..... I hope whereever you are I wish you all the best and I hope you will be contributing all ways to java world and for your followers.....if you are interested consider joining in

Posted by Santosh Mankala on April 11, 2010 at 11:10 AM PDT #

Thanks, James. Your vision, your charisma and all those years of tremendous commitment are an example to us all. All the best for the future.

Posted by just another guy on April 11, 2010 at 11:15 AM PDT #

Thank you, you gave me life man.

Posted by rtq on April 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM PDT #

Thanks for everything. That is all.

Posted by rliden on April 11, 2010 at 11:41 AM PDT #

James, thank you so much for your work. I wish you all the best!

Posted by Alfred on April 11, 2010 at 11:43 AM PDT #

I came to St. Petersburg only to see Java's creator (Oak, as you called it at the beginning, when saw this tree in a window :))... But I understand you! Thank you for all and good luck in the new business!

Posted by Michael on April 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM PDT #

try LEFT_CURLY_BRACKET oracleJava DOT keepAlive LEFT_PAREN RIGHT_PAREN ; RIGHT_CURLY_BRACKET catch LEFT_PAREN definitlyOccureException e RIGHT PAREN LEFT CURLY BRACKET system DOT out DOT println LEFT_PAREN \"Bye Java\" RIGHT_PAREN RIGHT_CURLY_BRACKET James, if you plan to create a successor of java, please, start it as an open source project from the beginning and ensure that the trademark is hold by an non-profit org. Great decision. Thanks and good luck for the future.

Posted by Joerg Knura on April 11, 2010 at 12:05 PM PDT #

@James class java{ } Thank you and best wishes for better :)

Posted by Mina R Waheeb on April 11, 2010 at 12:58 PM PDT #

Many, many thanks for all these brilliant Java years. We will be willing to hear about your next move. All the best.

Posted by Jorge Hidalgo on April 11, 2010 at 01:20 PM PDT #

The hell with Java; it's one of the worst programming languages out there, and it is being shoved down our throats at universities all because of corporate power and influence. In many cases we're not even given the choice to use other programming languages in CS/SE courses. And it's also funny how most of the Java programmers I've met are nothing but pure idiots who don't even know their basic data structures. So, yeh, the hell with Java and all the people who have been responsible for it. I hope they get hit by a truck. I just can't wait to see the day when Java is dead.

Posted by Arlen on April 11, 2010 at 01:22 PM PDT #

I'll say what you don't want to admit, because, as a long-time grunt there, i know Oracle well. Technologically, Oracle is a complete mess. It's operated more like an inefficient and ineffective government than a business. Ellison is a fool not to have given you anything and everything to keep you, and others from Sun, happy. Oracle would be better off taking on Sun's technological philosophy. Sun's technology leaders trounce most of Oracle's in every way. But the momentum at Oracle may be too strong (downward spiral, black hole). And without you guiding Java technology, i'm afraid for its future in Oracle's hands, who screw up far more things than they get right. Sorry to see you go. It was an honor just knowing i was in your midst (me just one of 100K other peons).

Posted by q on April 11, 2010 at 01:33 PM PDT #

James: Best of success in your future endeavors and thanks for the years of being one of the thought leaders and best practices gurus in the Java community.

Posted by Steve Miller on April 11, 2010 at 01:55 PM PDT #

Back to writing FOCAL, I guess, good luck with whatever you do

Posted by Fred Down on April 11, 2010 at 02:28 PM PDT #

Best of luck James. You are an inspiration to millions.

Posted by Ramesh Lakshmipathy on April 11, 2010 at 03:31 PM PDT #

Best luck James, thanks for the ride :)

Posted by Clemens Eisserer on April 11, 2010 at 03:44 PM PDT #

James, your absence on Sun Tech Days in St. Petersburg really broke my heart. So many people came here to see you, and then.. No one even bothered to explain what happened. I'm really sorry you left Oracle. It's a pity seeing the whole Sun team is breaking apart... I hope that whatever way you choose now will do the best for the Java Community.

Posted by Anton on April 11, 2010 at 03:56 PM PDT #

James best of luck, I throughly enjoyed and learned a lot from the java language specification and the virtual machine specification. I believe these are one of the best written specifications out there. Go for the next big thing. I'm guessing you could land in either Google or apple :)

Posted by bazaarstreet on April 11, 2010 at 04:09 PM PDT #

Good luck! Despite the circumstances Java (or gnu Classpath) will survive.

Posted by josep M. on April 11, 2010 at 04:31 PM PDT #

From one ex-SUN employee to another - well done for lasting as long as you did - especially after that last Five Minute Friday with Johnathan!! Good luck in your future endeavors - I just wish our Sun management had got things less wrong and we both still worked for the company we once knew! At least you got the chance to quit and were not RIFd like the majority of good staff seemed to be!

Posted by exsun on April 11, 2010 at 04:32 PM PDT #

All the best James; things changed ... and things will keep on changing ...

Posted by Linu Raj on April 11, 2010 at 04:49 PM PDT #

The end of an era. At a time when I was considering learning the Win32API, along came Java and life was sweet. Thanks James.

Posted by Neville Ridley-Smith on April 11, 2010 at 04:56 PM PDT #

If you ask me, I would tell you to work at Scala :)

Posted by ioniviil on April 11, 2010 at 04:56 PM PDT #

Since 2001, year when I knew Java, I´ve been expanding my ideas to places I never imagined(limitations can only be our own ideas). This technology has really made life easier and different !!!!!. Thanks for all your hard work and contributions. And take your deserved time to rest !!!!!

Posted by William on April 11, 2010 at 05:19 PM PDT #

Bye James. I have been very proud to work in the same company as a Legend!

Posted by Claude on April 11, 2010 at 05:27 PM PDT #

James, It is very hard to let go; but congratulations on your decision and all the best for the future! You Sir, are a true inspiration!

Posted by vish on April 11, 2010 at 05:40 PM PDT #

James, I had the privilege of being at Sun for 23 years and the best part was being able to interact with true legends such as yourself. It still bums me out that Sun no longer exists. You will not do "job hunting", you will be doing "job selecting". The rest of us mere mortals do "job hunting" :-) Thanks for everything James and it will be exciting to see where and what you decide to do next. --Dave

Posted by Dave Edstrom on April 11, 2010 at 06:58 PM PDT #

Hey james, Man we all love your creation, at least you get rid of pointers for us( a pain in the neck). Don't mind for "Java", it has grown enough to became an orphan. Whatever happens, happens for a good reason :-). All the best for the new future.

Posted by Shubhashish on April 11, 2010 at 07:47 PM PDT #

i'm sad for the new, but in the another hand, i think you must have a good reasons for to take this desicion and you have all the support from the open source community. and thanks for gave us JAVA sorry for my horrible english

Posted by juan manuel on April 11, 2010 at 08:29 PM PDT #

Hi James today i know you are java's father. Im from a little town in Mexico, Im a computer engineer, i was graduate at 19 years old, i like so mauch all the computer stuff, but i was never good to programing, you know, C lenguaje, Pascal etc. Im more like a geek consumer. Im wiriting to you ask for advice, it is dificult for people like me learning Java? I really like to learn programing very well, but i steel fear. if you wanna answer to me i will really happy, Thank you.

Posted by Agustín on April 11, 2010 at 09:28 PM PDT #

My best wishes and good luck in your new adventure. Thanks for all.

Posted by Carlos Vega on April 11, 2010 at 10:01 PM PDT #

Hi James, Sad news for Java (and Oracle I think) but I am not surprised that you left Oracle, having been there myself... Ever since I 1st interviewed with the Window Systems Group (and you) @ Sun in 1989 it was my pleasure and honor to work alongside you and the many others that helped make Sun the great company it was ... I will never work for a better company or group of people Best Regards, and good luck in your future endevours ... and please, dont go to Google! - Larry

Posted by Larry Cable on April 12, 2010 at 10:35 AM PDT #

Hi James, it is very sad to know that you are leaving the Java community. I wish you create another great language like Java. Please keep writing your great ideas and thoughts here. Please read this.... Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; Where knowledge is free; Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls; Where words come out from the depth of truth; Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection; Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit; Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action ... Into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake.

Posted by Shyamsunder on April 12, 2010 at 10:37 AM PDT #

As a long-time Java developer, this worries me much more than Oracle's acquisition of Sun. But today I want to thank you for saving me from a career as a Windows developer. You saved me from a lot of needless pain, and for that I am truly grateful.

Posted by Steve Corwin on April 12, 2010 at 10:48 AM PDT #

Your contributions to the technology world have changed so many lives for the better, including mine. Were it not for you, my last 9 years of employment would have looked very different. Thank you for your honesty, dedication, and sincerity. You're a rare breed, one who deserves all the accolades coming your way as well as some well deserved rest. Many of us will continue to follow you, no matter what new path you choose to take!

Posted by Sharat Chandser on April 12, 2010 at 11:05 AM PDT #

James, wherever you go, we will follow you. In IT industry we always meet twice. Faithfully, Sebastian

Posted by Sebastian Mahr on April 12, 2010 at 11:19 AM PDT #

Dear James, thank you for everything and all the best for your new ventures. I want to see your next tee-shirt. I am sure it will be very cool!!! Hey Java is making it to the devices in a big way, that was your initial goal right? Your vision will last forever, now that it has tens of millions addicts. I feel sorry for those who did not understand it and did not convert. It is great that the idea of ubiquitous Java went all the way from smartcards to submarines to Mars rovers thanks to you. And there is still an entire universe to conquer for Java and its successors. When the Internet of things will outgrow the Internet of people, things will probably learn how to speak and say thank you, James, you made my day :-)

Posted by Bernard Van Haecke on April 12, 2010 at 11:56 AM PDT #

A beginning of a new era. Eager to ear news from you and your future works.

Posted by michele mondora on April 12, 2010 at 12:00 PM PDT #

You were my leader for seven years, and every instant was a thrill. Thank you so much. feature writer 1997-2004

Posted by Jon Byous on April 12, 2010 at 12:05 PM PDT #

We missed (an understatement) not having you at Sun Tech Days Saint Petersburg. People came to see you. Highest attendance we've ever had. But we respect your decision. And thank you for this blogpost.

Posted by Natasha on April 12, 2010 at 12:13 PM PDT #

You and your work inspired me to become a better designer and go beyond using existing tools. You did a wonderful job in Sun! I'll be following your work! bye!

Posted by Raul Huertas on April 12, 2010 at 12:45 PM PDT #

Almost exactly a year ago you gave a presentation with us at the FIRST Robotics Championship in Atlanta about all of the billions of places Java is running. This year you can add to that number 600-1000 FRC robots programmed by high school students from around the world. I'm sorry that you won't be there this year to see them, but your work continues to enable people to learn and create. It was great working with you! ps. I've learned my lesson - no robot driving for me :-)

Posted by Derek White on April 12, 2010 at 01:07 PM PDT #

Great move.. Hope this is another sign of next best things to come. Best of luck, though you don't need it :-)

Posted by Vijay on April 12, 2010 at 01:12 PM PDT #

It was a major disappointment at Sun Tech Days in Spb. I missed my first chance to see you here in 2005, and now still no luck :-( But I hope I'll get another opportunity to meet you and wish you all the best...

Posted by DAD on April 12, 2010 at 01:30 PM PDT #

James, have you thought about starting where you left Java with Microsoft or Novell (.net/mono)?

Posted by Nick on April 12, 2010 at 01:39 PM PDT #

A new sun rise :) - Best of Luck and God Bless

Posted by Vic on April 12, 2010 at 02:02 PM PDT #

I was a Technology Editor for Network Computing Magazine when Java first made waves, and as NWC's Token Software Guy (prior to that point, it was just about boxes you plugged wires into) I covered Java, app servers and the like, when it was all so new and shiny... I have to say, those early JavaOnes were wicked good, best geek fun ever. I never did know who handed out the cartons of In A World Without Fences, Who Needs Gates? t-shirts just prior to Bill Gates keynote back when JavaOne shared Moscone with other conferences -- classic attitude... As a long-time hard-core developer, I was entranced by the simplicity, the elegance, the FUN of programming in Java. Yes, the applet thing was slow to catch on, and Write Once, Run Anywhere was always as much goal as reality, and Java certainly had some growing pains, but Java was, and is, a breath of fresh air, and had a huge impact on the coding world. So, thanks, and best of luck in your new endeavors, whatever and wherever they may be.

Posted by Richard Hoffman on April 12, 2010 at 02:05 PM PDT #

I have just started learning Java Programming.Millions of developers are enjoying the fruits of the Java tree...hope it will live as long as internet is there..hope James Gosling's Java will continue to rule the programming world in the coming decades.. Thank You So Much for All that you gave.. Have happy future ahead...

Posted by gopichand on April 12, 2010 at 02:25 PM PDT #

Take some rest and then hit your best, it's not 1995, it's 2010.

Posted by Rajan Pokhrel on April 12, 2010 at 02:47 PM PDT #

As a programming instructor, thank you for Java. It saved me from teaching object-oriented programming in C++, which felt like teaching driving in an 18 wheel, 13 speed tractor. Java may not be the 'perfect' teaching language, but it provides students a way to learn syntax common to C/C++. The use of references instead of pointers was a stroke of brilliance! I sincerely hope that Oracle continues to innovate with the Java API. If not, the door is open for the next great open-source project to replace Java!

Posted by Don Smith on April 12, 2010 at 03:49 PM PDT #

I suggest James Gosling to work for the next software revolution. As a good C/C++ competent he knew weaknesses of C/C++& classical programming techniques. That's why he created the Java platform so well. He should work for the next platform, not for Java. I think Java is an 'old' language, not 'mature' any more. All the new features, such as annotations, JavaFX etc. are just anti-aging products. I don't say Java platform will die. New platform must work over Java, just as Java works on C/C++. The new platform must have a model-driven, intentional programing, make easy both client-side development & service-oriented architecture, both business process management & game programming. If he is free now, he can work for the next revolution. I thank a lot to James Gosling, he gave me a quite joyful professional life. If he didn't, my life would be as half-joyful, half-painful as C++ programmers.

Posted by Önder Teker on April 12, 2010 at 03:54 PM PDT #

Thanks James, im happy, Oracle is consummer IT.

Posted by zelo81 on April 12, 2010 at 04:46 PM PDT #

Well, James, we're all waiting and wondering about what's next! Enjoy the journey; the destination will take care of itself. See you down the road.

Posted by David Lockhart on April 12, 2010 at 05:06 PM PDT #

James, thanks for all your fans in Brazil. I know you on Sun Tech Days. Good Luck and thanks for all.

Posted by Marcos Yonamine on April 12, 2010 at 06:14 PM PDT #

Hi James, your language gave me and my family a house, car and a great standard of living. Thank you, from us.

Posted by Andrew Naish on April 12, 2010 at 06:20 PM PDT #

Job "hunting"? Somehow, I doubt it'll be a struggle. CV: "Java. Heard of it?"

Posted by Will on April 12, 2010 at 06:23 PM PDT #

Hello James, I was surprised you stayed @ Oracle so long. Anyone who flourised @ SUN can't put up with Larry's ego. Pleas do one favour. Tell JAVA story and set the facts strait like why JAVA was created, why SUN could sell to anyone and what haapened when SUN put it in the public domain so anyone can use. You know this all. Please set the facts strait.

Posted by HS on April 12, 2010 at 06:39 PM PDT #

From one Calgarian exile, stuck south of border, to another: no worries! You aren't leaving Sun, for Sun abandoned all of us a few years ago. It just took a while for the momentum we built to be lost. You kept faith with us until the end. You carry away some incredible assets, including a ton of good will, and a reputation for honesty that Abe Lincoln would have killed for. Any place that truly values those things will be a good match for you, I expect. All the best. You've done good. Enjoy your rest!

Posted by Ron on April 12, 2010 at 06:40 PM PDT #

Good-luck James. Just know that there are plenty of us still deeply dedicated to the Java language and all the innovations it has enabled. We look forward to your further contributions no matter where the winds take you. Rob High WebSphere, Chief Architect

Posted by Rob High on April 12, 2010 at 08:49 PM PDT #

James, How do you feel after seeding something, seeing it grow up, having fruits and giving food to so many people? You are a Creator, you gave life to your ideas and you were the inspiration for a lot of people, including me. About you leaving Oracle, thanks for be honest and loyal to your inner principles!

Posted by Ernesto on April 12, 2010 at 08:53 PM PDT #

James, Just remember the Chinese Dukes I sent to you. I remember you forever. Your are surperb!

Posted by lawrence on April 12, 2010 at 09:38 PM PDT #

James, working with you at Sun was an honor and a joy, and it doesn't surprise me at all that you went on to create such a stellar success as Java. If you choose to rest on your laurels you will have earned it. If you have new ideas burning in your brain, you will have no shortage of opportunities to bring them to fruition. I wish both you and the Java language the best of all possible futures.

Posted by Robin Gordon Schaufler on April 12, 2010 at 09:43 PM PDT #

James, I do agree with a few comments that your resignation is a new Sunrise. I really do not think you will remember me but I so proudly show my pictures that I took with you in Sun's cafeteria when a group of Fulbright Scholars visited Sun Microsystems back in Spring 2006. Those pictures are so precious to me. I also won't forget what you said while answering one question. You said to the effect that the application of Java you have liked the most is Hubble Telescope. Looking at those stars from an application written in bags of Java code is what you said you love the most. That made all of the Java Community proud James. I wish you all the best. And its not job that you will hunt. But its the jobs that will be hunting you down soon :D. All the best.

Posted by Ikramullah Khan on April 12, 2010 at 10:35 PM PDT #

Go forward James, we are waiting your next brilliant step, all java developers around the world are supporting you.

Posted by Amgad Hanafy on April 12, 2010 at 10:35 PM PDT #

Sad as it is to see you moving on from your best creation, its wonderful to see you liberated to create a new creation. Sun has always been one of my favorite companies and a pioneer at innovation. To see this company go to shambles, really breaks my heart. But as they say, its the survival of the fittest. I wish you the very best in your future endeavors and will be eager to learn what you are thinking as part of your new vision. Java rocks BIG TIME!

Posted by Krishna Iyer on April 12, 2010 at 10:58 PM PDT #

You invented my job

Posted by dan on April 12, 2010 at 11:01 PM PDT #

James, no comment I just came to like you. Your are surperb!

Posted by Attila Szomor on April 12, 2010 at 11:13 PM PDT #

Thank you, James.

Posted by on April 12, 2010 at 11:17 PM PDT #

All the best

Posted by Laertes on April 12, 2010 at 11:18 PM PDT #

the Java ecosystem is far larger than all the I-want-Java-dead sentiments here.7 versions down, Java still relevant, unlike really dead languages like cobol or php. Years of warring over standards, IP, licencing, tie-ins, applet, 3d, mobiles etc... eventually killed Sun, and spread Java out thinly - forcing deserters. not sensing that Oracle is the benevolent dictator - it will be the Java community at large and the thriving outcrops like Groovy, Spring that will continue to forge on, rather than selling expensive servers almost forgot: all the best! James rocks!!

Posted by bummer on April 12, 2010 at 11:23 PM PDT #

Its real sad news, but there must be some reason behind the decision which forced you to resign.. No doubt that greatness lies within you, you just not invented a programming language but solutions to numerious scientific , bussiness problems and countless jobs..Thank you!!! I think its a good time for you to take a break !! I look forward to what is next from you in computing world. cheers

Posted by Muhammad Ameen on April 12, 2010 at 11:29 PM PDT #

You rock Mr. Gosling! And you will keep doing great things for the world, All the very best to you, sir.

Posted by Alam Siddiqui on April 12, 2010 at 11:42 PM PDT #

Oh! This is just another starting....waiting for next big this from you....this in a way might be good....and Oracle we all love Java...

Posted by Manu on April 12, 2010 at 11:51 PM PDT #

Sir, we feel we lost our Morpheus, but it's good to Change and find the Truth , as the lonely caterpillar transforms itself... .. into finer and more beautiful creature...

Posted by Dhanuka on April 13, 2010 at 12:03 AM PDT #

What a sad news.. It's like to lose a father for all java developers. Thank you for giving us this wonderful and amazing ecosystem named Java. I wish you all the best for the future, we all look forward your next big contribution to tech world.

Posted by Nick Giangregorio on April 13, 2010 at 12:24 AM PDT #

Good luck James! Change is always a good thing - in work and in programming. After switching from C to Smalltalk and from Smalltalk to Java - what will be next? I don't know.

Posted by Marco on April 13, 2010 at 12:31 AM PDT #

Well a new chapter in your life, I have had many...they give you perspective if nothing else. James I have something I want you to take a look at. I have an idea I am going to develop and would appreciate your input. It is very much a business platform but it gives potential income to the users as well - win win... people worldwide will have a place that they do not have now. If your not into reading my info - no problem. I understand. Email me and I will send you 1 page to look at. PS - Nothing like it on the net.

Posted by Steve M on April 13, 2010 at 12:34 AM PDT #

I knew this would happen. Oracle is not the right place for a great mind. For the rest of us, is time to say goodbye to the good old days and move on. Thank you for the greatest moments ever, James.

Posted by Patricia on April 13, 2010 at 12:59 AM PDT #

James, You not just created a language called Java but also created millions of Job opportunities during late 90's and start of this decade.Those who hated C++ found a new language to express themselves ...and what more ? Wish you a happy break time.. Every break in life adds a new dimension to the way we perceive things.. So, we expect something new from you after the Break !! Somashiandan

Posted by Krishnaprasad Somashiandan on April 13, 2010 at 01:03 AM PDT #

Dear James. It is time to go away. Your time is come. It is time to retire. But before you go, response, be so kind: What the reason was you deprive Java(trademark) ability to use such a kind of type as C does very well? I mean 0-2^32 not -2^31.0.(2^31-1) and made my life full of bad thing.

Posted by Ivan on April 13, 2010 at 01:56 AM PDT #

Don't you think it's strange now that Google-Adds places Oracle commercials on your web-site ('Learn Oracle from Oracle -')? Or do you need this to make a living:) All the best, Volker

Posted by Volker Simonis on April 13, 2010 at 02:08 AM PDT #

James thnx and I like to say its a brave thing to let go of that which is so close to yourself. Enjoy your time off and free the mind that has given us, codemonkeys, so much.

Posted by Edwin on April 13, 2010 at 02:14 AM PDT #

good luck,but what about JAVA? will it stop upgrade? we thanks you for all what you had done for programmers thanks for all

Posted by mohamed sobhey on April 13, 2010 at 03:00 AM PDT #

Best wishes for your future endeavor. Java is a good idea and a solution, so thanks and congrats to you and your team. But it also lost some of its momentum due to it being rigid wrt certain things and not opening up for a bit too long.

Posted by HanishKVC on April 13, 2010 at 03:21 AM PDT #

- Just about anything I could say that would be accurate and honest would do more harm than good. - Wise words from an intelligent man. Thanks for your work thusfar; I hope to be able to enjoy the fruits of your coming labour as much as I do/did with Java.

Posted by Leo Mekenkamp on April 13, 2010 at 03:59 AM PDT #

I worked with Oracle last 10 years ago and know more for Oracle Culture. It may be difficult to understand the CEO Style and Technology Style.

Posted by xOracle on April 13, 2010 at 04:14 AM PDT #

This was an unexpected move, and I can feel what you are going through Dr. James! I think this is the best time to take a break and re-coup for a new invention :-)

Posted by Kumar B V on April 13, 2010 at 04:34 AM PDT #

Well, James.. You made the software world to leap in joy.. we salute you for all you have done.. all the best for you and hope for new things to come from you..

Posted by Sakthivel Sundaresan on April 13, 2010 at 04:55 AM PDT #

Hi James.... Wish u good luck for all ur future endeavours :)... thanks a lot for all the valuable contributions...

Posted by Bhavani Machani on April 13, 2010 at 05:37 AM PDT #

Thanks for all you've achieved in Java, open-source software, and Computer Science. Enjoy your time off, and I eagerly await to see what new heights you accomplish.

Posted by Dale on April 13, 2010 at 05:42 AM PDT #

Good luck, rest a lot and have fun, James! but, please, don't let beside the t-shirt's canyon ;) Thanks for making the world a better place!

Posted by Helder on April 13, 2010 at 05:44 AM PDT #

Its really a great step and I have already expected this. That is not the niche for great people like you. But I could not imagine Java without you. All the best for your future endeavors...

Posted by Pranav Ainavolu on April 13, 2010 at 05:56 AM PDT #

Java is from where I understood OOP. Through Java I learnt concepts, be it networking or serialization or Cryptography. Everyone is sure you will make many more radical changes in the world of computing. Congratulations.

Posted by Vinodh Kumar Perumal on April 13, 2010 at 06:13 AM PDT #

James, I have been a long time fan of your massive contribution to CS. I am currently starting to develop with A D F on my Sun x2270 Development machine. So my own CS journey has led me right into the middle of this SNO.RCLE. Sorry the water was too cold for you to breath through the new SNO.RCLE. Or perhaps it was the sharks in the water that made breathing difficult. I too look forward to your next move. Cheers Andrew Adelaide, South Australia

Posted by on April 13, 2010 at 06:17 AM PDT #

James, lets start new langauge development. JaGa (name of language you will develop soon) This will not include sun and Oracle :-)

Posted by Amit Maniar on April 13, 2010 at 06:21 AM PDT #

I wonder why people have written their comments like obituaries!?! Come on people, this man has just said that he is moving out of the company where he feels that he doesn't belong anymore. He did not mention that he won't work with Java anymore. That's his baby. I think he is just going to take some time out to relax and get his head cleared up. So please make some cheerful comments. Let the man have a pleasant time out! Have a nice break, Mr. Gosling!

Posted by Anand on April 13, 2010 at 06:54 AM PDT #

So many tributes... what's left to say? Stay cool, enjoy life and drop by sometime, now that you have the time :-) PS Can you give us an RSS feed?

Posted by Boob on April 13, 2010 at 06:58 AM PDT #

Thanks for your Contributions in Sun Microsystem.

Posted by Jacky on April 13, 2010 at 07:08 AM PDT #

all the best in your new endeavours James,you are such a inspiring persona.

Posted by Meenakshi sundaram on April 13, 2010 at 07:28 AM PDT #

I've been using Java for last 11 years. This is great technology and made me stuck to even after having hands-on on many technologies (including .NET). James, you deserve all the credit due to you.

Posted by Rajesh Kumar on April 13, 2010 at 07:36 AM PDT #

I've been using Java since it was still in beta and was quick to realize the beauty and simplicity of the language. Java saved millions of us from the horror of C++ and Windows APIs. Well done. I also remember using NeWS years before that. You certainly have a lot of inventions to be proud of. Congratulations.

Posted by Eric Kolotyluk on April 13, 2010 at 08:05 AM PDT #

While I guess it is hard for to be the father of the bride at a wedding, I believe this may be an opportunity that could result in greater satisfaction to you and possibly your greatest invention is just now incubating in your creative mind without the leash that had you recently "under somewhat more strict policies." You are an inspiration and I believe your best is yet to come! ;-)

Posted by Raymond Reeves on April 13, 2010 at 08:16 AM PDT #

Para ser productivo, uno tiene que sentirse a gusto con su trabajo, Oracle no merece tener una persona como tu. Con seguridad tendras mucho exito en cosas nuevas que emprendas, hay mucho que hacer !!! Falta quien pueda hacerlo. Tu puedes realizarlo James. Gracias por un mundo con Java. To be productive in this life, one has to feel comfortable in their jobs, Oracle does not deserve to have a person like you. Surely you will have much success in new things that you undertake, there is much to do! Lack who can. You can do it again James. Thank you for Java.

Posted by Fernando Jaimes (Mexico) on April 13, 2010 at 08:33 AM PDT #

I hope that you will join Google to develop the first/next ubiquitous programming language. Developers need an open programming language and a standard API backed up by some large companies. Otherwise we will continue wasting our resources in this area.

Posted by levent on April 13, 2010 at 09:22 AM PDT #

Is it time to move to Ruby?

Posted by G on April 13, 2010 at 09:42 AM PDT #

James, I really enjoyed working with you at Sun for all those years--especially our time together in SunLabs. It has been difficult to watch the company we spent the best years of our careers building be destroyed by fools. 15-20 years ago Sun was a wonderful place. It was a privilege to work there and we will always have those memories. I wish you all the best in the future and I hope you find a worthy technical challenge to sink your teeth into. You never wanted to be the Java poster boy anyway! Regards, Dave

Posted by David Emberson on April 13, 2010 at 09:49 AM PDT #

Thanks for all you've achieved in Java, open-source software, and Computer Science. I started my first big project in Java few months ago and just today i've finished. In this happy day for me, this is a very bad news.

Posted by Krdsktp on April 13, 2010 at 10:13 AM PDT #

I won't be able to say anything else than this, Thank you, Thank you for everything you provided to the mankind. Thank you won't be enough, but there is no other word in this world that can express our gratitude towards you. We will be waiting for you!

Posted by BHUPENDRA SHAH on April 13, 2010 at 10:54 AM PDT #

It's a shocking news for me.... It's easy to guess how painful your life might have become in the hand of Oracle and Larry Ellison...... Good luck for your future life, James......

Posted by Hillol on April 13, 2010 at 11:05 AM PDT #

Sun Tech Days at Saint-Petersburg was mostly just waste of time without you. I think you should go to Google as Josh did. You are great man.

Posted by Dmitriy on April 13, 2010 at 11:08 AM PDT #

James, Many of my friends and I are employed just because of your great creation. You have brought the greatest change in the IT world and made software development a real science and art. We wish your great creation stays on and gets much needed support from you. Many regards to you master!

Posted by Subho DG on April 13, 2010 at 11:16 AM PDT #

James, thanks so much for such a wonderful language. I've earned my living with it since 1997. I used to do C++, but since I learned Java, I haven't looked back. Thanks and best of luck in whatever you do in future. You were part of something great and unique with Sun Microsystems, and I was very sorry to see them go.

Posted by Jon Keatley on April 13, 2010 at 11:23 AM PDT #

Good luck james, you're the best

Posted by sdf on April 13, 2010 at 11:28 AM PDT #

Your creation leads to a great revolution in IT industry. IT professionals across the world will always remember you.

Posted by Sankarapandian on April 13, 2010 at 11:40 AM PDT #

BRAVO! Sun share holders made a horrible mistake when they approved the acquisition by Oracle . It should have never happened in the first place. I hope that you'll stay around, and help Java moves on in the future, the way it was under Suns' leadership. I just want to remind you that you can count on every single Java developer if you need support to help you keep Java open as we knew it. Take care.

Posted by Lazo Lazarev on April 13, 2010 at 11:48 AM PDT #

Hi James Your great work everlasting with your name. Resigning from the company is just you are no more working under some one else. Fortunately Java is open source now. It is not belongs to any body. Java made successful people and organizations world wide. But still we cant satisfy whether that powerful language contributed to alleviate poverty to help man kind. Lets try to do that. Lets join with Java World congress in Sri Lanka. Visit Lets help poor people around the world

Posted by Dr. Ishantha Siribaddana on April 13, 2010 at 11:59 AM PDT #

Dr. Gosling, I would like to congratulate you rather than anything else. I request you to please join a technology focused company once again rather than an acquisition expert like Oracle. Looking forward to some new invention from you...Dr. Gosling the world is waiting....:)

Posted by Varun Rally on April 13, 2010 at 12:02 PM PDT #

Thank you, James, and good luck.

Posted by chamaster on April 13, 2010 at 12:19 PM PDT #

Thanks... And Good Luck!

Posted by isaias on April 13, 2010 at 12:48 PM PDT #

Hi James, In this world where one can find few true heroes, I am glad that I can say you have been mine for a long time. I can only wish you the best of times as you branch out and explore new opportunities and adventures. Thank you for all the great work that you have done and will continue to do in the future. Jeff

Posted by Jeff on April 13, 2010 at 01:53 PM PDT #

Thank You, James and good luck in your next endevour!

Posted by iforster on April 13, 2010 at 01:58 PM PDT #

Best of luck James. You are an inspiration to millions.

Posted by ibrahim on April 13, 2010 at 02:41 PM PDT #

Sun would be a perfect case-study on why it would end up as a takeover candidate despite all the innovation. Is it a case of best people busy doing work and others(I mean fools) making mess of a corporation? Best of Luck: James.

Posted by Suraj Kumar on April 13, 2010 at 03:01 PM PDT #

Thanks James for all your work with Java and Sun. Best wishes

Posted by Jose on April 13, 2010 at 03:38 PM PDT #

Having bailed in 1997, I'm kind of surprised you lasted this long. Best wishes in your future endeavors.

Posted by Robert Weiler on April 13, 2010 at 04:22 PM PDT #

No Hay Mal Que Por Bien No Venga ! Saludos y buenos deseos desde Chile!

Posted by Daniel Caro on April 13, 2010 at 04:39 PM PDT #

I hope your next "great adventure" is as successful as is java. Your legacy is your greatest tribute - you have literally changed the face of technology. Thank you.

Posted by Tom Stockton on April 13, 2010 at 05:00 PM PDT #

James, thanks very much for the legacy. I also believe that it's about time to move on and start a new BIG THING. Developers are waiting for a brand new framework/language that's perceived as more interesting, simpler, powerful, extensible, and what-more-can-we-expect-language that would come from a GENIUS *JG* - very soon. I know Google is watching and just taking the right time to bait a legend.

Posted by ed dela rosa on April 13, 2010 at 05:50 PM PDT #

Since I worked at Oracle, let me guess why this happened. Oracle is a great institution that breeds nepotism. It has always been on the forefront of social networking. If you are not part of the Sunday brunch club, you are out of a job. As a result, people are forced to start as MTS (Member of Technical Staff) unless they have barbecued with the hiring manager before and are on a first name basis. If the hiring manager is known through a social network, even a VP position is not out of consideration. Anyway, I am guessing that James did not network properly (perfectly understandable since he is busy inventing stuff) and was probably offered the position of an MTS with a distant possibility (in a review due in 5 year time period) of getting promoted to SMTS (Senior Member Of Technical Staff) provided he proves his mettle. Is that what happened, James?

Posted by guidothekp on April 13, 2010 at 06:02 PM PDT #

Well done James. (and the huge team at Sun that fueled the Java engine). One of many to leave I suspect? Oracle, you didn't by the real Sun, you bought a shell. All the goodness is seeping away and you'll be left with a brand that no longer carries credibility. The real Sun people (staff) feel so strongly about their company they will not be Oraclized. The essence of what Sun was in the 80's & 90's lives on in the people that will leave Oracle in droves. Lead the way James!

Posted by on April 13, 2010 at 06:48 PM PDT #

I always wondered what's the next worst thing that could happen (after to the Sun acquisition - for us Java geeks). Guess I don't have to think any more. Anyways I believe this is best for you and hope your contributions continue- you rock!!..Cheers and all the best!!

Posted by Imran on April 13, 2010 at 06:54 PM PDT #

James, I believe you did what was the best for you and your amazing legacy. We, Java fans, support you 100% ! All the best !

Posted by Byhr on April 13, 2010 at 07:20 PM PDT #

James, welcome to the freedom techno world...!!! ur knowledge make us genius, so share ur knowledge to us more and more... we support u james.. zek Indonesia

Posted by Zek Cawang on April 13, 2010 at 07:47 PM PDT #

Let's do a startup James. Under your guidance we can recreate Sun's magic once again. Call in Scott also, if you want.

Posted by Rohit Sharma on April 13, 2010 at 08:23 PM PDT #

James, you are the master of Java. Oracle is just a student, not even a good one, but he has a lot of $$$. Good luck!

Posted by Peter on April 13, 2010 at 08:58 PM PDT #

It's a good sign, the java world is already getting crowded with all buses and rails coming over from all points and direction. Lets refresh it and create a next gen IT.

Posted by Dhirendra on April 13, 2010 at 09:21 PM PDT #

James, good move! Change is good. Please work on something very simple, and set the ball rolling... All the best!

Posted by Mohan on April 13, 2010 at 09:54 PM PDT #

When going gets tough, Tough gets going !!!

Posted by Anand Muthu on April 13, 2010 at 10:15 PM PDT #

you have to ginger, fighting

Posted by dijer on April 13, 2010 at 10:18 PM PDT #

Thank you James for giving us JAVA. I would love to see James starting his own Company rather than working with someone else...

Posted by Karthikeyan on April 13, 2010 at 10:48 PM PDT #

The Scala community really needs you ;)

Posted by Kjøttolf on April 13, 2010 at 10:49 PM PDT #

James, maybe you can switch career right? Anyway, fantastic what you achieved at Sun. I hope Java can ride on the back of the community, because it's all about the community.

Posted by Sharath on April 13, 2010 at 11:26 PM PDT #

Best of luck. Hope to get another brilliance from you

Posted by Aniruddha Dutta Chowdhury on April 13, 2010 at 11:51 PM PDT #

If you resigned a week before Tech Days you could let us know a bit earlier. Some people would not waste their trip just to get the news right there.

Posted by Petr on April 14, 2010 at 12:37 AM PDT #

Thanks for your gift to programming world James and will be waiting for next big thing from you. Best of luck.

Posted by Kshitij Gupta on April 14, 2010 at 12:46 AM PDT #

Best of luck in whatever you decide to do in the future.. Thank you for Java ;-)

Posted by Tony on April 14, 2010 at 12:50 AM PDT #

I am sure something big is in waiting.Thanks for all your work.

Posted by Ankur Saxena on April 14, 2010 at 12:52 AM PDT #

Thanks James for your contribution to Java Programming Language. Looking forward to more innovations from you. All the best.

Posted by Nihar Dash on April 14, 2010 at 01:22 AM PDT #

I was a CNC machine operator earning a meagre living and whatever I am now in IT is because of you & your creation of Java. Java changed my life altogether. How can I thank you? I am sure there are millions of other people like me who got employed because of Java. God Bless You. I pray the very best for you and wish you astounding success in whichever task you undertake in future, Thanks

Posted by pranam on April 14, 2010 at 01:47 AM PDT #

Sun is gonna miss the inspiration. :). All the best for your future endeavors James. Many people's food and good is because of Java. Thanks for your contribution to IT.

Posted by Raghu on April 14, 2010 at 02:45 AM PDT #

Oracle is the biggest looser!!

Posted by Malek Belkahla on April 14, 2010 at 03:06 AM PDT #

we love you. Thanks for everything you have done to the community.Find peace father

Posted by Lenin Rajavel on April 14, 2010 at 03:54 AM PDT #

All the best! James. Oracle is the biggest looser indeed.

Posted by Vinod Pillai on April 14, 2010 at 04:04 AM PDT #

I really don't know what was your exact reason to resign but I think I can understand you... When I finished my education at a famous university in my country I decided to continue my education and first I attended in a small private colledge in which money rather than science was all the thing! They teach if you had paid the cost! I couldn't stay more than one month and I left there very soon and never been regretful

Posted by Mohammad on April 14, 2010 at 04:05 AM PDT #

Hi James, Well can't say I'm not surprised, Oracle sacked an entire crack team of core jvm veterans, because they were working on a research project? Duh? People don't work on a research project because they're stupid? Ego's and Big company politics, they can keep it, you enjoy your future. Freedom and empowerment always leads to better productivity. Metric's and measures just convolute the business process. Perhaps you start out on your own. Cheers!

Posted by Peter Firmstone on April 14, 2010 at 04:10 AM PDT #

the Oracle logo on the Java site is just not right! people know the difference between truth & lie. Rock on! Thank you Sir.

Posted by mac on April 14, 2010 at 04:28 AM PDT #

All the best James. We expect many more tools from you....

Posted by Phani Kiran Chikkala on April 14, 2010 at 04:46 AM PDT #

All the best! Thanks for your wonderful invention.

Posted by Bo on April 14, 2010 at 06:26 AM PDT #

U`re the man!, Oracle doesn`t rocks!, the Company Politics like that suks!, so... all the community stay with U & let's create a new technology!!

Posted by Devahil Leivzieük on April 14, 2010 at 06:28 AM PDT #

Dr. Gosling, may God continually bless for the work you did for us on Java. I hope this move does not represent a parting with being a major player in the Java development process. However, as change must be, I hope you get to implement some of those great ideas that you did not get to implement before you leave.

Posted by Garth Davis on April 14, 2010 at 06:42 AM PDT #

Great! Now you have the leisure to invent again, instead of doing politics. We expect Great Things!

Posted by Per on April 14, 2010 at 06:50 AM PDT #

Hi James, It was tough seeing the Oracle logo being stamped over all your creations, and this news is even hard. Good Luck and awaiting your next bigger creation!!! :)

Posted by Geetha on April 14, 2010 at 07:06 AM PDT #

Big thank you James!

Posted by Stan on April 14, 2010 at 07:21 AM PDT #

Dear James, You are my idle person, i am very disappointed too for our sun micro systems. Yeah, that's better to leave organization when we are not satisfied or when things becomes worst. But Don't forget that we are all with you, ... if you want to start new venture in IT field, then i am the first person who stands behind you. Just i am waiting for your call. Eagerly waiting for your reply mail. Thanks for being there for us. Yours unknown friend(forever), Venunath.K

Posted by venunath on April 14, 2010 at 07:47 AM PDT #

@Arlen: dude, you have issues ... aside from being wrong. @Gossling: Good luck sir.

Posted by A guy in MA on April 14, 2010 at 08:29 AM PDT #

Hi James, I am actually happy to see this change. Your image was so much involved with Java that everything you did had to be Java... Now you are free. Now you can get back to transforming science fiction into reality - with or without Java. Now I'm looking forward to see what other great thing you will bring to us! - what about Lava? You can't get hotter than that! ;-) All the best, Sir

Posted by Ed on April 14, 2010 at 10:47 AM PDT #

Very sad news for the whole Java community. Thank you for the vision, the wonderful contribution to the world of software development... and for making my job much nicer and easier than it would have probably be without this great language and platform.

Posted by Dj. on April 14, 2010 at 10:56 AM PDT #

I felt all dismal and gloomy ever since i heard the news, but you already gave us Java and rest assured you made history. congratulations sir. from Nigeria

Posted by Aminu Ibrahim on April 14, 2010 at 11:28 AM PDT #

I hate to be selfish, but this is a major inconvenience for me. ;-) Seriously, if Java fails because of the loss of its visionary leadership, I could end up having to write PHP, Perl, or VB, God forbid. Oh no, I might have to write...Ruby! This is terrible! I think it's time to go into management.

Posted by Bill Chatfield on April 14, 2010 at 12:15 PM PDT #

I am really sad hearing this news. I Hope your new move brings some hope for Java.

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Posted by Some Cofee Babe on April 14, 2010 at 12:45 PM PDT #

Just today I thought again what a beautiful, well designed and visionary language & programming environment Java is. This is sad news.

Posted by MichaelR on April 14, 2010 at 01:22 PM PDT #

Best wishes James! Hey, if you find your way up to Calgary, get a hold of me. I'll buy you a beer.

Posted by Barry Kreiser - Guild One Inc. on April 14, 2010 at 03:22 PM PDT #

All the best James!!

Posted by Santosh Matam on April 14, 2010 at 04:30 PM PDT #

To the one who counts among a handful that changed the face of our world. May you rise to ever greater heights!

Posted by Nikhil Silveira on April 14, 2010 at 08:12 PM PDT #

may the FORCE be with you. maraming salamat

Posted by Romack Natividad on April 14, 2010 at 08:40 PM PDT #

I hope you would come back with something even more exciting!!!!!! Thank You for giving us JAVA!! GoodLuck!!!!

Posted by Rakesh on April 14, 2010 at 09:14 PM PDT #

Thanks Games, you have contributed many Java jobs everywhere. It's not a sad story that you left Oracle. We all will remember your Java legacy. You can either join Google or create a new open source community as current ASF is under Oracle's acquisition(April Fool). Hope to see more features in Java languages like this one: import java.util.*; public class Games extends Java { public NewJava nextMove(){ -incorporate variable binding from within Java language itself = more developers' acceptance for GUI. -Implement layout manager using layout language like e.g. MigLayout. -Incorporate Full Java-Xml binding like BEA's in the Java language(XML is natively handled by Javascript Intepreter). -Incorporate Animation and Effect library return NewJava; } }

Posted by Calvin Phibol on April 14, 2010 at 09:34 PM PDT #

Dear James, I am one of countless programmer's who have benefited and enjoyed your beautifull creation, Java. I wish you the very best in your future challenges. If you can attack some of the larger societal challenges in the under-privileged world , it would be super. (e.g Corruption ) Modern technologies such as the mobile phone, internet, computer vision, speech technologies etc could be leveraged to build systems wherein a common man's sight, voice or hearing could be leveraged in clever ways to stamp out corruption. Corruption plagues a large part of the developing world. Political leaders are unable (un-willing ? ) to make much of a dent. But, whatever you choose, you will do well. We, your fans are confident. /rk

Posted by rk tumuluri on April 14, 2010 at 11:04 PM PDT #

I have worked with Java for 5-6 years and now am Oracle DBA. With you leaving Oracle and sensing all the wrong things said about oracle, am getting more and more sceptical about Oracle's role in shaping our future! Anyway, java is a wonderful wonderful language and I enjoyed writing code in it. It is cool language and oracle internally is using it for a long time. I am pretty sure they would keep it alive for their own survival! Thanks for presenting such a wonderful language to the world and I admire your strength of character to break away from the clutches and taking well deserved rest.

Posted by Satwinder on April 14, 2010 at 11:17 PM PDT #

James: Thanks for all your innovations. We invite you to come to India for a nice break. You would love it. Who knows you might get your inspiration for that next big thing somewhere here. in himalayas, taj mahal or madras...

Posted by An Indian on April 14, 2010 at 11:32 PM PDT #

The major comments are about Java. I think you can still contribute to OpenJDK, and Java is GPL. I hope Java remains free and driven by community rather than by coroporate hunger. Personally I feel that SUN would have been better with IBM for they have the culture and company profile symboitic with the former. Goodluck for the future and we hope you will continue to inspire the us with the work you do in future.

Posted by Ravi Arora on April 15, 2010 at 12:04 AM PDT #

Well done James!! Well commented people..but $$$ is not in Oracle but with only don't have misconceptions...Oracle ..!..

Posted by Ashis on April 15, 2010 at 02:45 AM PDT #

It is oft claimed that most geniuses finish their most creative work by their 30s. Prove this theory wrong. We are eagerly awaiting your next move.

Posted by Rajeev Trikha on April 15, 2010 at 03:35 AM PDT #

I like Java, but I also love C#. Enjoy your rest! Microsoft and Google are good companies.

Posted by on April 15, 2010 at 04:47 AM PDT #

Don't find any job.. leave something for us to invent.. :)

Posted by Srinivas on April 15, 2010 at 05:03 AM PDT #

Good Luck James!. You are the best. Its time to invent something new. :-)

Posted by Ananth Rajaraman on April 15, 2010 at 05:20 AM PDT #

Thanks a lot for the wonderful work done with Java, hope you come up with something better after the break. Cheers

Posted by Dzumbu on April 15, 2010 at 05:29 AM PDT #

Hey James, that's not a surprise for me. I was expecting a series of systematic crackdown in the backbones of Sun once it's acquired by Oracle. Rather, I consider this as an opportunity for the world to start counting for the next innovation from you being separated from Java makers. All the very best to you. I know you will not be here for long but welcome to job hunters club!!

Posted by Nilesh on April 15, 2010 at 05:40 AM PDT #

James, thank you so much for creating Java and changing the world with your innovation. I am sure you will outperform Oracle.

Posted by Mammen on April 15, 2010 at 05:43 AM PDT #

Good luck, and thank you for creating Java.

Posted by gprok on April 15, 2010 at 06:30 AM PDT #

Hi James - So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Posted by Oliver Marohn on April 15, 2010 at 07:00 AM PDT #

Mr. Gosling, I love the Java u wrote. This new tongue was best at ur hands. U'r my inspiration. Following u & looking forward to ur next maneuver guided by ur whimsical & unshackled mind. All the best!

Posted by Chandni on April 15, 2010 at 07:32 AM PDT #

Thanks James for all the fun and learning and even a little fortune you brought me with Java. Best Wished in the future. Keep us all posted!

Posted by Wilf Middleton on April 15, 2010 at 07:32 AM PDT #

Java's strength lies in its ability to not only deploy new solutions that are complete by themselves but also solves all sorts of interfacing problems with existing and disparate systems backed by a whole host of solution deployment options. I salute your ingenuity for bringing about these innovations with the other great minds. Java is a real power. I wish you the best in your new endevours. But one area i would only want you to take java to is the bare metal. I know this is not the original design goal of java but it has become of interest to most developers because of the way Microsoft has treated us java developers in the past. There are already efforts in this direction. James, moving forward, I want you to actualize the dream of a Java based OS and watch developers quit windows to give it a prolific popularity. And a new java ecosystem will take off from there. I wish you the best James.

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Posted by Fan on April 15, 2010 at 08:33 AM PDT #

Please contact me. There may be something we could do which could be at least as exciting as Java.

Posted by Peter Warren on April 15, 2010 at 10:33 AM PDT #

James Sir, you are really called the father of Java. U've contributed much for Sun that can't be described in words. And m very much happy for u that u decided to leave oracle. U have the full power to do anything bigger. and Last.. Sir, Can't we use the power of Java for the needy ones as a Java initiative? If u take one step, we r here to do our best to help u. All the very best !! for the second innovative world of James Gosling...

Posted by Harsh Chauhan on April 15, 2010 at 10:44 AM PDT #

Grey beards like me can remember your credits and contribution *even* before Java. Gosmacs - that was yours - (running on DEC microVAX in 1985) was a great IDE for logic programming in Prolog at Edinburgh. More recently, I love to let students in Java class tinker with the Swing demo that's still distributed with J2SE and challenge them to find your photograph. To pastures new then.

Posted by Iain Donaldson on April 15, 2010 at 11:33 AM PDT #

Best wishes!! Thank you for your contributions and inspiration!

Posted by Jody Paul on April 15, 2010 at 02:07 PM PDT #

Good luck. We are looking forward for the next projects.

Posted by Patrick Santana on April 16, 2010 at 12:03 AM PDT #

Good Luck James. I'm sure You'll go on doing great things like Java for the world. And FUXX the oracle!

Posted by Nicola on April 16, 2010 at 02:55 AM PDT #

Hi Mr. Gosling, Wanted to Thank for all the Java Stuff you and your team have created. All the Beans & Fishes are really fantastic and interesting. Hopefully my new premises still able to hand your poster. Take Care!

Posted by Jimmy @ SG on April 16, 2010 at 03:01 AM PDT #

I would always be greatful to you and your co-workers for the wonderful language you have created for us. And I really wished and prayed that IBM buy java. Wish you all the best

Posted by Francis Ouseph on April 16, 2010 at 03:20 AM PDT #

Hello, Thank you for Java. And hey when you'll be looking for a job here in Romania there's a "small" corporation that's full with great talent and most certainly you'll have a blast. All the best.

Posted by vlad on April 16, 2010 at 06:37 AM PDT #

I think that its not important what happened at Sun/Oracle. Whats important is: What are you going to do now? Your hands are no longer tied by corporate suits you do no you can do what you want. If you want to continue working with Java then start a new company. I am sure that many of us is interested in investing in such a company, if not only to see Java get a fresh new independent start. There is really a great need for a new company that can take Java forward. All we need is a figurehead to unite the Java community and there is no one more qualified then you to do that.

Posted by Mattias on April 16, 2010 at 07:09 AM PDT #

Sad!, They lost their Icon. You are the man! showed as the meaning of life, the so called 'Mental Freedom'. Long live Gosling!!!

Posted by Sent on April 16, 2010 at 11:51 AM PDT #

Gracias por su trabajo, cambio radicalmente la tecnologia y lo seguira haciendo.

Posted by Ottoniel Hernandez on April 16, 2010 at 01:33 PM PDT #

It's your turn now. Please keep letting us know that you "are not dead yet", and where we should send the pink flamingos.

Posted by Mark on April 16, 2010 at 02:21 PM PDT #

Rather than wish you all the best in your future endeavors like everyone else here I thought I would share an amusing observation about the day I met you. We sat together on the flight to Sydney for Sun Rise 96' with our wives between us. When I looked over and realized who was sitting next to us I leaned over to my wife and yours and asked "he looks alot like James Gosling". Your wife responded with a smirk and confirmed my suspicions. What I never asked you was what you were thinking when you were so focused on the socks they packed into the gift bag they gave to international travelers ! You were so focused on the socks I never got to ask you but then again we still had 14+ hours to go not to mention the stop-over in Fiji. All the best to you !

Posted by Richard on April 16, 2010 at 07:40 PM PDT #

I'm sorry. It must be hard for you.

Posted by Marcin on April 16, 2010 at 11:26 PM PDT #

All the best James! Thanks for such wonderful invention. You and your team bought me a very good fortune with Java.

Posted by Nirmal on April 17, 2010 at 01:39 AM PDT #

A man of ideas is always relevant no matter where he is. Forge ahead and forget the things of the past. Thanks for the life you've given to the IT world - Java. We all love you.

Posted by Tolulope Adeniji on April 17, 2010 at 03:22 AM PDT #

Damn dude! Well, now that you'll no longer be busy with Java you can go back and fix Emacs, eh! :-) Good luck!

Posted by Packet Racer on April 17, 2010 at 04:32 AM PDT #

U r the greatest personality 4 me in my time(am 22 now).. have just started my career in java..want 2 follow ur footsteps.. we love u.. we love java.. we want more and more from you.. will ORACLE develop java any further

Posted by Carol Raj on April 17, 2010 at 07:26 AM PDT #

por cuantos modelos economicos tenemos que pasar para ser libres?

Posted by on April 17, 2010 at 09:18 AM PDT #

Java R.I.P

Posted by Kevin on April 17, 2010 at 10:01 AM PDT #

Why don't you live with a dog if you are not? Then go surfing with them. The sea breeze take care of you.

Posted by meverdadero on April 17, 2010 at 06:14 PM PDT #

What will be your next project James? or are you hoping to join with a company like Google? Good Luck!

Posted by advancebaggage on April 17, 2010 at 07:58 PM PDT #

Dear Sir, I have been using java since my college days from 1998...With out java i dont exists in this world and sir you have created such a wonderful language. Great work sir!!! Regards, Ramesh Rajamani

Posted by ramesh on April 18, 2010 at 02:12 PM PDT #


Posted by sss on April 18, 2010 at 02:30 PM PDT #

If you want to working with new programming paradigm then start a new company. I am sure that many of us is interested in investing in such a company. Notwithstanding your choice of R&D direction.

Posted by Mr.Louis's COSA on April 18, 2010 at 02:31 PM PDT #

Even such a company would be a non-profit one.

Posted by Mr.Louis's COSA on April 18, 2010 at 02:33 PM PDT #

There is God, and there is James Gosling. Your brain child 'java' is simply great - it is a given .. But, a more interesting fact is - lot of software engineers like me are developing their careers and supporting their families - just 'coz they know java.. It is just very very incredible. Take a bow, master !!

Posted by Goverdhan Kothari on April 18, 2010 at 10:36 PM PDT #

It is always an honor and privilege to be alive at the era of living legends. I remember how Java started and how excited I was to code curly brackets without worrying about all the pointers (and crashes) in C++. Now as an Oracle DBA I am deeply sad you left the company I thought was transforming from seller of products into leader of innovation. I suspect your leaving has everything to do with Netbeans and Glassfish since Oracle-Free has become a direct and only and largest competitor to Oracle-Payed. I wish you all the best and between me and you, Oracle's trying to reintroduce Forms and Reports after long abandonment just shows you created a beast they can't tame :)

Posted by Anis Matar on April 19, 2010 at 02:36 AM PDT #

James, you rewrote the history of software engineering. All the companies will be forgotten in the future, but you will be in the golden pages of history.

Posted by on April 19, 2010 at 02:53 AM PDT #

James, you've joined an elite group of people who have had the privilege of *leaving* Oracle! Good luck with your next endeavor. It was an honor to work with you those many years ago before Java! -chuck

Posted by Chuck Price on April 19, 2010 at 10:21 AM PDT #

James, You have created a wonderful programming language that has given a life to Internet and it is used every where starting from smartcards to cellphones. In this sence, whole world is faithful and respectful to you. I wish you good luck with your next endeavor.

Posted by Mahesha S on April 20, 2010 at 03:17 AM PDT #

Hi James, you've created a lot of innovating software. You've led teams as a manager. All you've done and became public was awesome. There's something inside of me which drives me to go in the same direction. And I am successful with what I am doing. Developing new stuff, innovating software, implementing awesome concepts - but - what would you answer to the question: What is - from your point of view the most important goal to reach right now? Either from a technically point of view or seen as a human? I'm sure you've seen alot. It would be great if there would be experienced people like you who teach the younger generations where to go.

Posted by krymel on April 20, 2010 at 02:17 PM PDT #

As a former sun employee who left their employ following an outsourcing agreement (read: ran for the exit) I can empathise with your decision. Working with Sun engineer was a privilige that I truly didn't appreciate at the time. Wishing you all the best. And in the word of Bruce Eckell - "thanks for creating a language that is worth pulling all nighters for"

Posted by on April 20, 2010 at 07:40 PM PDT #

Sad to hear this. Very grateful to you for such a great programming language called Java. In my eyes, you are in the league of those great statesmen or great scientists whose work has influenced people’s lives across the globe in such a positive way. Thank you. Best wishes and looking forward to hear from you in Java community.

Posted by Milind on April 21, 2010 at 10:26 PM PDT #

Hi daily i am looking your next plan in IT sector. What is next great thing :)

Posted by Prince on April 22, 2010 at 03:06 AM PDT #

Good luck for the father of Java (Machine independent PL). All your contributions to the industry are witnesses for your effort and determination. Have good time, and later consider modeling always can change our lives more than any thing else... :-)

Posted by Ibrahim Al-Malki on April 22, 2010 at 04:16 AM PDT #

James, I was an early adopter to Java. I sure bet on the right horse. The technology you produced helped give birth to an industry. That industry provided me enough income to buy for a home large enough to house my seven kids, to feed them and allow us enough room (financially) for my wife to stay home to educate them. I owe you a great debt.

Posted by Michael on April 22, 2010 at 07:53 AM PDT #


Posted by on April 22, 2010 at 08:06 AM PDT #

A sad day? Surely for ORCL! James, you got three choices: First, Bill and Steve would pay you millions just for "shutting up" (Coz you may have some better ideas than Silverlight...). Second, you just retire (Bill and Steve may still pay you for that...). And third, you neither retire nor do you go to Microsoft: And the day of that announcement will be remembered as the saddest day in both MSFT's and ORCL's history! Thank you for your great contribution to IT, and all the best for your future (and of course we're all waiting for the announcement of the third kind...)

Posted by Werner Herzig on April 22, 2010 at 09:35 AM PDT #

You are so innovative yourself why you want to be an employee? I wish you start something of your own and make a permanent footprint in the computing world which will be remembered in 21st Century.

Posted by Sanjay on April 22, 2010 at 11:04 AM PDT #

Good luck in your next choice, enjoy this new road and enjoy taking time off... Then continue to help us to grow up by continuing to improve / create tomorrow in computing science :-D... Thank you, hope to met you a day...

Posted by Nico on April 22, 2010 at 12:14 PM PDT #

in the beginning I used to like java. that was when java was simple. Gradually it started getting more and more unnecessarily complex, so in the end you end up with another language monstrosity. a super bloat. programming language should be simple, you shouldn't have to do things in a complex way. java was patch over patch, servlet, then jsp ( a blind copy of asp) + jstl + another fix with EL, to remove sphagetti from jsp, never ending rounds of patch over patch, then JSF, then Java FX, EJB, generics. In the end after 8 years with Java, I went to look for some other language, I am looking for a language that runs the same in a browser as directly on a desktop, without the hundreds of megabytes. that's the time I went the ruby way. and now I have found another gem of a language Rebol. a whole environment and runtime in one Megabyte !!! Yes you read right, it is One Megabyte, and you have the equivalent of a java vm, swing, networking, odbc, ssl etc...

Posted by jason on April 22, 2010 at 06:33 PM PDT #

in the beginning I used to like java. that was when java was simple. programming language should be simple java was a monster with patch over patch, servlet, then jsp ( a blind copy of asp) + jstl + another fix with EL, to remove sphagetti from jsp, never ending rounds of patch over patch, then JSF, then Java FX, EJB, generics. after 8 years with Java, I went to look for some other language, I am looking for a language that runs the same in a browser as directly on a desktop, without the hundreds of megabytes. that's the time I went the ruby way. and now I have found another gem of a language Rebol. a whole environment and runtime in one Megabyte !!!

Posted by jason on April 22, 2010 at 06:36 PM PDT #

Is the moment to learn other programming lenguage, like Ruby. Oracle has sinister plans for java proyect.

Posted by Pkorska on April 23, 2010 at 11:03 AM PDT #

I know to Goosling leaves oracle corp because Oracle has plans for kill java

Posted by francisco on April 23, 2010 at 11:08 AM PDT #

Open you eyes people . Java is death. Ruby will be the future of programming language.

Posted by pepe on April 23, 2010 at 11:10 AM PDT #

In the future when our kids reads a computer history they will find your name as a creator and find Oracle as a buyer. ask yourself when was the last time Oracle bring something new, innovative and created in Oracle labs to the IT Industry? To answer only review Peoplesoft, JD Edwards, BEA, Hyperion and others...

Posted by Alfredo on April 23, 2010 at 08:15 PM PDT #

james - i was heartened to hear of your parting. when i left some time before you( almost 2 years to the day) i felt the pangs of leaving a great team, but a organization in turmoil, it only got worse. i was saddened that you didnt have the opportunity to leave on the 1st. it would be fitting and proper for us long timers. caio, good luck

Posted by odd1 on April 25, 2010 at 02:15 PM PDT #

Just like one of the poster here mentioned, if James is ok with Oracle, everything would be ok for me too and Java would continue to stay. Looks like even the father of java is willing to leave his 'baby' behind in the hands of Oracle. But frankly, I really hope that you Sir, will continue to contribute in the Computing industry :) enjoy your break, you truly deserve it! :D

Posted by keith on April 26, 2010 at 04:16 AM PDT #

I am afraid what will come of this, if the trend continues.

Posted by Dejan Fajfar on April 27, 2010 at 04:01 AM PDT #

DEATH TO JAVA. It is ruining our educational system. Managers are echoing this whole "Why aren't kids programming in Cobol?" mantra of 30 years ago but talking about Java instead. DEATH DEATH DEATH DEATH. Why oh why did they replace c++ in Universities? At least us college kids would have a career option in game development. But NOOOOO. Us college Java kids have NOTHING because of Java. NOTHING. CUZ JAVA SUCKS FOR GAME DEVEL [Applets are shit], DESKTOP APPS [Slow, no native GUI support], OS PROGRAMMING[slow, not low level enough], WEB DEVELOPMENT [supremely unproductive and complex], and other types of development. Only Iphone development has a NICHE MARKET. DEATH DEATH DEATH DEATH. This is coming from a guy with 7 + years of J2ee experience in various JSRs.

Posted by hurrray on April 27, 2010 at 11:29 AM PDT #

James, You are the icon of Java and will always be my hero. Hoping that Google be your new home, where other language gurus are innovating and thriving. Best of Luck. Ashish

Posted by Ashish Banerjee on April 29, 2010 at 01:15 AM PDT #

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