Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Apr 2012 19:17 UTC, submitted by bowkota
Legal Java creator James Gosling: "Just because Sun didn't have patent suits in our genetic code doesn't mean we didn't feel wronged. While I have differences with Oracle, in this case they are in the right. Google totally slimed Sun. We were all really disturbed, even Jonathan: he just decided to put on a happy face and tried to turn lemons into lemonade, which annoyed a lot of folks at Sun." Ouch. Also, doesn't jive with Schwartz' comments - might be illustrative of how bad things really were at the once great Sun.
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RE[2]: Comment by d3vi1
by d3vi1 on Tue 1st May 2012 08:52 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by d3vi1"
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"Now Google comes here and copies most of our work, but in a completely incompatible manner, thus defying the universal principle of Java that we fought to keep.

If it was a "completely incompatible manner", we wouldn't be having this discussion. The fact is, the Java language used on Android is 99.99% compatible with the Sun/Oracle version, such that most third party libraries can simply be recompiled to the different bytecode format, no source changes necessary.
Java is a vm bytecode format, a programming language, an API. They kept just the programming language. I agree that a new API would have been necessary, but that could have been made under the big Java umbrella.

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