James Gosling, the creator of the popular Java programming language, has announced his resignation from Oracle Corp., which had recently acquired Sun Microsystems, the company which originally distributed Java.
The computer programmer, who had been working with Sun Microsystems since 1984, announced his resignation via blog post, citing unspecified reasons for his not-so-surprising resignation.
Gosling leaving Oracle strengthen the belief that after the acquisition by Oracle, Sun Microsystems staff are clearly not happy with the changes that Oracle's management has enforced upon its new employees.
Expressing his view regarding the resignation, Gosling wrote on his blog that “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.”
Gosling, who was clearly not happy with Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems, had managed to build a multi-processor based on Unix when still pursuing his doctorate and has been a well-respected figure in the Silicon Valley.
By announcing his resignation, Gosling has joined the ranks of former Sun CEO Scott McNealy and Jonathan Schwartz, who had replaced Scott as the CEO in 2006, in resigning from Oracle.
Key people leaving a newly acquired company is never a good sign unless obviously the purchaser only wants some parts of the "purchasee" to wither naturally. It will be interesting to see how other companies - notably Microsoft - react to what may look like the slow death of Java.