Java Creator James Gosling Says Google Totally Slimed Sun

Posted Apr 30, 2012

Java creator James Gosling believes that Google “totally slimed” Sun Microsystems by using a large amount of Java without paying for a license. He said that he agrees with Oracle in the lawsuit between them and Google. Gosling quit his job at Sun shortly after Oracle bought the company and joined Google. Gosling then quit Google and is now working at a startup company called Liquid Robotics.

Gosling is considered the father of Java and is known for building the first version of the Java language in 1994.

“Just because Sun didn’t have patent suits in our genetic code doesn’t mean we didn’t feel wronged. While I have differences with Oracle, in this case they are in the right. Google totally slimed Sun. We were all really disturbed, even [then-CEO] Jonathan [Schwartz]: he just decided to put on a happy face and tried to turn lemons into lemonade, which annoyed a lot of folks at Sun,” wrote Gosling in a blog post.

Google brought in Schwartz as a witness last week where he said that Sun thought Google’s use of Java APIs were fine as long as they did not use the Java brand or trademark. Schwartz did admit that Sun was not happy with the way that Google went around Sun’s licensing restrictions.