Return of the king

James Gosling makes surprise appearance at JavaOne Community Keynote

Elliot Bentley

The “father of Java” helped close JavaOne with a bang, making his first onstage appearance at the conference since 2009.

JavaOne finished with a bang with the Community Keynote, which
was light on announcements but heavy on big names – including a
surprise appearance from Java father James Gosling.

The keynote was opened by Oracle Principle Product Director Sharat
Chander, who praised the community for their support of Java and
JavaOne, then followed by Oracle Director of Product Management
Donald Smith and Gary Frost of AMD with a discussion of upcoming
GPU utilisation projects Sumatra and Aparapi.

Next up was an expert panel of several prominent names, each
pledging their allegiance to the big J, including Twitter Open
Source Manager Chris Aniszczyk, who stated
that the microblogging service is “built on the JVM”. Also present
was Eclipse Director Mike Milinkovich, who produced the mind-boggling
that 99% of Eclipse projects use Java.

Duke’s Choice Award winners
London Java Community were
congratulated once again, with co-leader Martijn Verburg joking
to the San Francisco audience that “if the presidential elections
don’t work out… the queen has agreed to take you back as a

However, the best was saved for last as the surprise guest turned
out to be none other than ‘father of Java’, James Gosling. In his
first appearance at JavaOne since leaving Sun Microsystems in the
face of Oracle’s acquisition, Gosling spoke mostly about his work
at his new employer, Liquid Robotics,

The company are producing autonomous, wave-powered robots designed
for marine data collection – a topic far removed from the majority
of presentations at JavaOne.

Keeping energy use and data transfer to a minimum are two of the
largest challenges Gosling’s project faces: when in the “middle of
a storm in the arctic”, there’s little opportunity for a robot to
recharge, and not much of a 3G signal either: instead, satellite
connections cost $1 per kb. “We don’t have a Big Data problem,”
said Gosling.

Gosling hasn’t abandoned his own baby just yet, though. He also
showed off a Java Swing application for detecting positioning of
robots, adding: “One of the cool things about Java that most people
don’t really think about is it’s really good at doing AI kinds of

He also praised
PaaS provider Jelastic and commented
on the recent trend of moving logic to the client side, saying “I
love jQuery. But some things shouldn’t be done in HTML!”

You can watch the JavaOne
Community Keynote 2012
in full on Oracle’s website. 

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