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Java Inventor Gosling Flies to Amazon

The former Sun, Google and disgruntled Oracle employee jumps ship to AWS.

Mitch Wagner

May 23, 2017

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Java Inventor Gosling Flies to Amazon

James Gosling, who invented the Java programming language, is joining Amazon Web Services as a distinguished engineer.

Gosling's status at Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) is mysterious. He describes his position on his LinkedIn profile this way: "Now I'm wandering around at Amazon Web Services."

Most recently, Gosling was at Liquid Robotics, beginning in 2011, where he worked on ocean-going robots and housing their data in the cloud, according to his LinkedIn Profile.

He worked as a software engineer at Google for six months in 2011, describing his status there on LinkedIn as "free-floating curmudgeon."

But he spent the bulk of his career at Sun Microsystems, 1984-2010, where he developed the Java programming language. Released in 1995, Java was designed as a "write once run anywhere" language, able to run on all supported platforms without needing recompilation. More than 20 years later, Java is still the second-most-in-demand programming languagefor people hiring programmers, driven largely by demand for Android developers, according to the Coding Dojo Blog.

Gosling left Sun in 2010 soon after the company was acquired by Oracle. In a 2010 interview with eWeek, Gosling said his reasons for leaving included a pay cut, reduced authority, a sense that Oracle was "ethically challenged," clashing corporate culture and that Oracle simply wanted him to be the public face of Java and nothing more, a role he told eWeek he was temperamentally unsuited to.

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AWS CTO Werner Vogels tweeted about Gosling's new position Monday:

The link points to a Facebook post by Gosling, dated Monday 8:00 a.m.: "It's time for a change. I'm leaving Boeing Defense (nee Liquid Robotics), with many fond memories. Today I start a new Adventure at Amazon Web Services."

Amazon confirmed it hired Gosling and declined to comment further.

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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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