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Java inventor James Gosling building smart marine robots

Ellen Messmer | Nov. 28, 2012
James Gosling, the inventor of the Java programming language when he worked at Sun Microsystems, finds the security framework for Java he designed still stands up after all these years. In fact he's using it today to design marine robots that can be sent across the ocean to gather weather data or carry out research projects.

Gosling joined Google as "member of the technical staff," with the idea he would poke around for a while and see what happens.

"It was a 'without portfolio' kind of job," says Gosling, but sparks failed to fly and Gosling left Google after six months. He joined the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based startup Liquid Robotics founded by Bill Vass, a friend who'd been president and chief operating officer at Sun's federal subsidiary.

Gosling's major complaint about his current position? He doesn't have the fun of going to Hawaii as much as the mechanical engineers on staff where the marine robots are tested because the software programming he manages can usually be done remotely in Sunnyvale.



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