Though he has been a rather vocal critic of Google and their handling of the Android OS in the past, James Gosling, otherwise known as the father of Java, has taken a job with the company. To be clear, it is not certain if his work will focus on Google’s mobile OS or if his attention will be needed elsewhere. His feeling is he will be working on “a bit of everything.”
Gosling is formerly of Sun Microsystems, though he left the company after their acquisition by Oracle, the company currently suing Google over claims of stolen code within the Android source. He said it was apparent from early stages of the merger that Oracle wanted to pursue legal action against Google, but for this and other reasons he parted ways with the software company. That is not to say he hasn’t had a few words to say of Google in the past. Speaking about Android, Gosling once said the OS “has pretty much played out the way that we feared: there is enough fragmentation among Android handsets to significantly restrict the freedom of software developers.”
Past feelings aside, Gosling brings years of knowledge and innovation to a company that sees no short supply of the two. Even if Gosling never sees any work on Android, it is a major win for all.
[via The Register]