Java creator James Gosling thinks that Google “totally slimed” Sun by using big parts of Java without paying a licence, and says that he agrees with Oracle in the lawsuit between the companies.That may be a bit surprising, because Gosling quit his job at Sun shortly after Oracle bought the company, and has been critical of Oracle in some blog posts since then. Then, last March, Gosling took a job at Google. He’s since quit that job to work for a startup.
Gosling is widely considered the father of Java, as he invented the first version of the Java language and other pieces of the platform back in 1994.
As he put it:
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.
Google called Schwartz as a witness last week, where he testified that Sun thought that Google’s use of the Java APIs was OK, as long as Google didn’t use the Java brand or trademark. Even so, Schwartz said that Sun wasn’t happy with how Google got around Sun’s licensing restrictions.
Schwartz’s predecessor, Scott McNealy, testified for Oracle.
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