Feeds

King of the geeks leaves Oracle

Father of Java, son of Canada

High performance access to file storage

Oracle's chief technology officer James Gosling, inherited from the take over of Sun, is leaving the company.

In a cryptic blog post Gosling said: "The rumours are true: I resigned from Oracle a week ago (April 2nd)." The blog is mostly down at the time of writing.

He said: "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."

He apologised to anyone who had gone to St Petersburg for the TechDay on Thursday expecting to see him, and said he really hated not being there.

Canadian-born Gosling joined Sun in 1984.

Gosling said he was moving all his old Sun blogs across, because he retained rights to them. But more recent entries "were written under somewhat more strict policies :-)".

The news cannot be a total surprise given the very different cultures of Sun and Oracle, but losing such a high profile figure is unlikely to cheer up Larry Ellison.

What is less certain is where this leaves the development of Java now that it's lost one of its loudest supporting voices.

Gosling did not reveal what his next job or project would be, but said he would take some time off before he began job hunting. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
Pre-Update versions of new Windows version will no longer support patches
Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders
Veep testifies for Samsung during Apple patent trial
OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts
Bloke behind the cockup says not enough people are helping crucial crypto project
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed
Windows 7 making some gains on XP Death Day
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support
Gov't IT likened to 'a Model T with a lot of things on top of it'
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.