Java Inventor James Gosling is from Calgary

James Gosling

James Gosling photo by Peter Campbell

Calgary, Alberta – According to Wikipedia Java is, as of 2014 “one of the most popular programming languages in use, particularly for client-server web applications, with a reported 9 million developers.”

Java inventor James Gosling was born near Calgary, Alberta and got his B.Sc in computer science in 1977  from the University of Calgary. He’s been called the ‘Father of Java’ and credited with having developed the programming language in 1994.

According to his web blog, when he was a kid his favorite place to play was his grandfather’s shop and “bone yard”. The bone yard was a few acres next to the shop where his grandfather parked all of his old (dead) farm equipment. It’s history stretched back to about 1910 and the yard had several slowly decaying (but grand) steam tractors. “They were my favorites,” says Gosling “and the shop had a full set of black smith tools. Lots of fun!”

Here’s an interesting read on the blog about what Gosling has been doing lately with liquid robotics.

Calgary is the largest city in Alberta, located just 80 km (50 miles) east of the Rockies. The population is just over a million people, and it’s know for it’s premier summer event – the Calgary Stampede when many of the residents will done their western clothing, and visitors are welcome to join in of free pancake breakfasts. It’s the gateway to Alberta’s badlands and dinosaur graveyards.


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