SN#10168 Gosling Thinks Java[TM] Technology May be Ready for Open Source

SN#10168 Gosling Thinks Java[TM] Technology May be Ready for Open Source

Post by John J. McLaughli » Wed, 25 Jun 2003 21:50:03



SYSTEM NEWS FOR SUN USERS
Vol 64 Issue 3 2003-06-16  Article 10168 from section "Java Technology"

     Collegiality and Interoperability Must Prevail for Success

        Carol Sliwa's interview with James Gosling, published in the June 13,
        2003 issue of Computerworld, found him expressing the view that it was
        time for certain core pieces of Java[TM] technology to become
        open-source.

        Gosling observed that two conditions must be met for the effort to
        succeed. The first is that a collegial atmosphere must prevail. The
        second condition is that the requirements of interoperability must be
        respected by both parties to the transaction -- platform builders and
        platform users.

        According to Gosling, market forces now exist that could determine the
        success of an open source Java technology effort, securing the movement
        from domination by a single faction. And, he continued, such an effort
        could get underway in the near future if adequate consensus develops
        within Sun to support it.

        The bogeyman lurking in the background for Gosling is the Microsoft
        litigation, which he said often provokes reservations in his thinking
        about moving toward open source Java technology, whether piece by piece
        or entire. Even so, Gosling concluded to Sliwa, within the past year his
        view of the possibilities for open source Java technology have become
        less and less pessimistic.

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1. SN#10136 James Gosling and Others Showcase Variety of Uses of Java[TM] Technology

SYSTEM NEWS FOR SUN USERS
Vol 64 Issue 2 2003-06-09  Article 10136 from section "JavaOne"

        James Gosling's keynote talk at the JavaOne[SM] 2003 Developer
        Conference showcased how the use of Java[TM] technology has grown since
        the programming language was released in 1995. Highlights include the
        Mars Rover from the Jet Propulsion Labs, automation uses such as robots,
        and a cell phone enabled with Java technology and GPS.

        The Mars Rover

        Gosling and Dan Dvorak, deputy architect of the Mission Data System with
        Jet Propulsion Labs (JPL) demonstrated a Mars Rover exploration
        prototype using RTSJ (Real Time Specification for Java technology) to
        control rover mobility.

        Java Technology Automation

        Jim Wright, Solutions Architect with Sun, demonstrated how industrial
        Java technology powers robots, sensors and other manufacturing
        operations. The automation initiative was developed by Sun, aJile
        Systems, Cyberonix and Mitsubishi Electric Automation to extend Sun's
        Smart Station technology to the factory.

        Jentro GPS

        Ansgar Hempel, Vice President with Jentro, demonstrated Jentro's
        end-to-end cell phone-based navigation system giving access to Global
        Positioning System (GPS) data through a Java technology enabled cell phone.

        "Since the release of Java (programming language) in 1995, seeing what
        people are doing with it blows my mind," said James Gosling, vice
        president of Sun Labs and Sun Fellow. "After eight short years, the Java
        technology Community is millions strong, with the best and brightest
        minds collaborating and contributing to the cool technologies of the
        future. So where will Java (technology) be in the next eight years? That
        can only be answered by the developers who have made it what it is today
        and wherever the road takes us will be an exciting ride."

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