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James Gosling has left Oracle. The Java world has been commenting about it since, and of course I shall add my penny's worth. I think this was an inevitable outcome. Sun gave their top luminaries a lot of freedom to do pretty much whatever they wanted as long as there might be some kind of long-term benefit to Sun. That's pretty flexible! And it worked, it produced Java, and many other things useful to the broader I.T. community. For a Java admirer like myself, I fully admire Sun for doing that.

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But there is a cost to that freedom - it is difficult to justify in accounting terms. Oracle is very much more focused on the bottom line contribution than Sun ever was - this different focus is what resulted in Oracle being able to take over Sun and not the other way round, and will quite likely ensure that Oracle makes Java an even greater success than it already is. I admire Oracle for being able to do that. But that focus on the bottom line will inevitably mean that Sun luminaries will have less freedom at Oracle, the freedom they had from Sun was never going to be there in the same way. Now if you were a Sun luminary, let's face it, you don't have to adapt if you don't want to, there are so many other opportunities out there. Even now I'm sure the offers are pouring in to Mr. Gosling from various enterprises. I would have been astonished if all of the old Sun luminaries stayed under the new Oracle management - and Java is going to benefit from that, these are hugely talented people and many of them are going to go and start something elsewhere that is going to result in brilliant new contributions and products for the Java world.

So from my point of view I would say "Hurrah, James Gosling is a free agent, I look forward to seeing what interesting things he gets up to!". And despite his blog indicating just what that might be I suspect food retail is not the most likely place for him to go next.

Now a quick alert, I'm hoping to do a short freebie training day on Java performance sponsored by AppDynamics in London, hopefully in June, when it gets organised I'll have details in next month's newsletter, so keep tuned. Now on with this month's newsletter. We have all our usual Java performance tools, news, and article links. Over at fasterj we have a new cartoon on collection addressing; Javva The Hutt tells us about retro management issues; and, as usual, we have extracted tips from all of this month's referenced articles.

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