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James Gosling

 

Brief Description: "Father of Java" (though not its sole parent)

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Often referred to as the "Father of Java," Gosling is the first to point out that in fact there were other parents of the language that began as "Oak," developed as part of the so-called "Green Project" at Sun started in December 1990 by Patrick Naughton, Mike Sheridan, and Gosling.

In May 1995, now re-named as "Java," it burst onto the technology world.

Gosling, who is now CTO of Sun's Developer Products group - which since the departure from Sun of Rob Gingell now includes the J2SE engineering organization - implemented Java's original compiler and virtual machine.

Almost always dressed in blue jeans, Birkenstocks and a t-shirt, Gosling could easily be mistaken for your typical card-carrying geek: but he's an alpha geek. He grew up in Calgary, Alberta, and shortly after he saw his first computer ? age 14, at the University of Calgary ? he began breaking into the computer center to play with the computers and, in his words, "read, read, read." A year later, at 15, he began writing software for the university?s physics department.

The rest, as they say, is i-Technology history.

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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Agility Pays 12/09/04 03:34:19 AM EST

There are bound to be glaring omissions in any list. It would have been good to see a few more names from the 17 developers who met in Feb 2001 to discuss problems in software development and who devised the so-called "Agile Manifesto." I see that Martin Fowler is here but what about Kent Beck, Alistair Cockburn, Ron Jeffries, Robert "Uncle bob" Martin, and Dave Thomas - people who have all made substantial contributions to software development?

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