From the ‘Don’t Want to Work for Oracle‘ files:
You can now add James Gosling the founder of the Java language to the long list of former Sun employees that have left Oracle.
While Java is certainly a bigger project at Oracle/Sun than just Gosling, in my personal opinion the loss of Gosling is very large loss to Oracle’s leadership of Java. Gosling is the voice of Java in many ways and is likely the most respected voice in the entire Java community. While the JCP (Java Community Process) technically is the body that helps to guide Java development, it was (and is) Gosling’s voice that has always stood out from the crowd.
As to why Gosling is leaving Oracle, the father of Java has not provided a whole lot of details.
“Yes, indeed, the rumors are true: I resigned from Oracle a week ago
(April 2nd). I apologize to everyone in St Petersburg who came to
TechDays on Thursday expecting to hear from me,” Gosling wrote in a blog post. “I really hated not being
there. As to why I left, it’s difficult to answer: just about
anything I could say that would be accurate and honest would do more
harm than good. The hardest part is no longer being with all the
great people I’ve had the privilege to work with over the years. I don’t
know what I’m going to do next, other than take some time off before I
start job hunting.”