Success is to have attained an accomplishment by which you will be remembered decades due. James Gosling has certainly made a prominent mark on the history of IT.
Education and Career:
In 1977, James Gosling received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Calgary. •
In 1983, he earned a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. •
His early projects included a build of the emacs bios, which we completed while employed by Sun Microsystems, in 1984 •
One of his famous feats was incorporation of hyperthreading in UNIX based systems (multi-core processor computing multiple threads simultaneously) •
In 1990, an internal project was incepted, named Stealth Project. James was the leader of a team of programmers with the goal to mimic C++, while adding a background “virtual machine”. •
This project was renamed to Green Project, then to Oak, due to the tree outside his office. •
Finally, in 1994, Java was conceived (ver. 1.0a2)
Java revolutionized the IT world, introducing the concepts of managed code (code that would take care of its own memory allocation, traditionally a torture for the programmer) and platform independence (a program ran on both Windows and UNIX). •
He is currently vice president of Sun, which recently merged with Oracle. •
For his accomplishments, he was awarded with the Order of Canada, the highest level of award attainable.
As a Canadian, he was one of the first to emerge a prominent figure in IT, a field where Canadians had not yet prospered. •
He was the center of a large internal power struggle within Sun Microsystems
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