Founder of Java now working for Google

Posted by Mark Raby

What kind of credentials does it take to get a job at Google nowadays?

Apparently if you created one of the most universal online programming languages, you have a shot. James Gosling, the man who founded Java, has decided to come on board with the search giant although based on his own comments it isn't quite clear what he'll be doing on a daily basis.

"I don't know what I'll be working on. I expect it'll be a bit of everything, seasoned with a large dose of grumpy curmudgeon," he wrote in his blog today, announcing the new chapter in his career.

Gosling was working at Sun Microsystems when he created Java. He was happily employed there for years, until software giant Oracle decided to buy the company. Gosling hated Oracle and decided to split before the acquisition was through.

At one point he referred to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison as "Larry, Prince of Darkness."

Gosling's move to Google comes at at a time when the company is actually in the middle of a lawsuit with Oracle. Oracle, now the owner of Gosling's Java standard, sued Google because it claims the Android software Dalvik is too similar to Java and thus Google should be paying licensing fees.

No doubt Gosling will help advise Google on how to tackle this lawsuit, and hopefully some day he will come up with a new creation that's just as powerful.