Who created Java?


Java is still a relatively new language, so it is quite amusing to some to think that Java has a "history" behind it. One of the most frequent questions I've been getting lately though is about the origins of Java.

Java was created by engineers working at Sun Microsystems. The figure that stands out most of all is James Gosling, widely regarded as the "father" of Java. James and his team were working on a language whose original name was Oak. Oak was designed for embedded devices, such as mobile phones. The first publicly available version of Java, however, was as Java applets, in the original HotJava browser. From there, Java grew to what it is today.