Java History


  • A small group of people were given opportunities to think of what “the next big big thing in technology”.


  • A gang of four “brillian and bored” – James Gosling, Ed Frank, Patrick Naughthon, and Mike Sheridan, talk about leaving Sun for something more challenging after Sun president Scott McNealy said, “Maybe you guys are on to something… Why don’t you go hide somewhere and think about what it is”.
  • James Gosling, Ed Frank, Patrick Naughthon, and Mike Sheridan set themselves up in a secret off-campus office in Menlo Park above a Bank of America, and away from Sun and corporate “antibodies.” And named themselves as Green Project.
  • They began constructing a devices call star seven (*7), for the purpose of control of variety of everywhere devices.
  • James Gosling had written an “interpreter” in the form of a virtual machine made of software. He had also created a compact, simple software language, and necessary code compiler to drive the virtual machine. And he named for the new programming language–OAK.


  • The green team had grown to 13, and dedicated to bringing their control demo to life.
  • The birth of Duke who explain everything you needed to know about the devices on screen.
  • Using just a standard remote control, you could view a list of program, change channel, and order and record shows over the network.
  • After 2 years of refinement and pitches, the team still couldn’t fine a market for their invention. No one ready to go for digital. Many cable companies feared they lost control of the viewer.


  • A web browser created using Oak language.
  • What was unique about Oak browser was that it contains software (the “Oak runtime environment”) that allowed small application to run securely within a web browser. They named the browser-based application “applets”.
  • No longer Internet is flat.


  • Lisa Poulson, who handle PR had arrange for the San Jose Mercury News to write a story on Java technology based.
  • The front page story positioned Java technology as “The Next Big Thing”.
  • Netscape Navigator 2.0 shipped with Sun’s Java technology.


  • Sun created an official JavaSoft business unit and hired Alan Baratz (MIT doctoral and IBM researcher) as its president.
  • “Java Compatible” logo was created.


  • By this year, Java programming was being taught in 78% of surveyed university and college.


  • Sun launched the Java community Process (JCP TM) program which gives participants the right to create new pieces of Java technology through community collaboration.
  • By 1998, the team and industry partners were seeing vast horizons for Java technology. From very small application running on handheld devices to very large application running on network.


  • At the JavaOne conference, Sun announced that the Java platform would now be available in three editions:
    1. The Standard Edition (Core technology for desktop and server)
    2. The Enterprise Edition (Medium to large business)
    3 .The Micro Edition (small and mobile devices eg: cellphones)
  • Java technology powered mobile phone starting gather the stream around the world.

1999 – 2006

  • Axzlto (Part of the French conglomerate Schlumberger) give their implementation of “Java card” technology to sun.
  • Java powered the onboard computer in toys, car, planes and rockets, even gave NASA’s Mars Rover “eyes” by creating image out of data send from onboard camera.
  • Java technology use to connect a national patient database, hospital outpatient facilities and pharmacies for healthcare system project in South America.
  • A project based on Java card technology being use for personal identity card in Belgium.
  • eBays relies on Java technology to handle merchandise sales and registered user worldwide. 
  • Oracle Corporation acquire Sun Microsystems for $7.4 @ January 27.
  • Father of Java-James Gosling has resign from Oracle @ April 2010
* Information taken from — “Hello world(s)!”, From Code to Culture: A 10 Year Celebration of Java TM 




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