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Language: Java Language
Expertise: Beginner
Jul 14, 1999

Java History

Question:
I just want to know where Java came from. Can you give me a history of this language?

Answer:
I can give you a brief history. Java started out as a research project in the early '90s at Sun Microsystems, led by James Gosling. He was working on a language called Oak to make it easier to program embedded consumer-electronics applications. The idea was to create a virtual machine that would run on various types of electronic devices, so that programmers would no longer have to write platform-specific code for each device.

When the Web started achieving mainstream status, Sun realized that Oak had much greater potential to serve as a general purpose cross-platform environment for application delivery and execution. They changed the name to Java and the rest is, well, history.

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