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Java founder quits Oracle

12 Apr 2010

James Gosling (pictured) has resigned from enterprise software company, choosing to not publically explain his reasons why.

Gosling, widely acclaimed to be the inventor of the Java programming language in 1994, updated his personal blog to confirm the news.

“Yes, indeed, the rumours are true: I resigned from Oracle a week ago (April 2nd),” he wrote. “I apologise to everyone in St Petersburg who came to TechDays on Thursday expecting to hear from me. I really hated not being there."

Gosling wouldn't explain why he left the firm, "As to why I left, it's difficult to answer: Just about anything I could say that would be accurate and honest would do more harm than good. The hardest part is no longer being with all the great people I've had the privilege to work with over the years. I don't know what I'm going to do next, other than take some time off before I start job hunting.”

In January European officials approved Oracle’s $7.4 billion takeover of Sun Microsystems, while analysts warned of thousands of redundancies.

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