Aug 31 2011
James Gosling, the father of the Java programming language, joins Liquid Robotics in the role of Chief Software Architect. The company builds autonomous robots, called ‘wave gliders’, that can stay in the ocean for years and collect and transmit sensor data to the company’s cloud. As far as jobs and technologies in the IT industry go, it probably won’t get much cooler than this.
However, there’s one thing that I found amusingly interesting. When you look at some of the job openings for software developers at the company, you will find this line repeatedly: “A broad range of software development in C, C++ and C#.” No mention of Java anywhere, which could mean that the company does not even use Java in their products.
I find the thought entertaining that James Gosling, the father of Java, might soon be writing and debugging C# code, the language that is basically thought of as the Evil Empire’s Java-rip-off.
Anyway, I can fully understand why James Gosling preferred this job over anything that Google could offer him. Liquid Robotics appears to be an ultra-cool startup company, and what can be more fascinating in the IT industry than working on autonomous robots that cross oceans all by themselves?
Have fun, James!