April 12, 2010 / 5:34 PM / 10 years ago

Creator of Java programming language leaves Oracle

The company logo is shown at the headquarters of Oracle Corporation in Redwood City, California February 2, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

BOSTON (Reuters) - James Gosling, creator of the Java computer language and one of the most prominent employees in Oracle Corp’s newly acquired Sun Microsystems, has resigned from Oracle.

Gosling, who announced his departure in his personal blog on Friday, declined to give a reason for his departure.

“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,” he said.

It was not immediately clear whether his departure might have any impact on Oracle’s plans for development of Java, one of the world’s most widely used computer languages. Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison has said that he intended to boost investment in Java, which he sees as the single most important software asset his company has ever acquired.

Oracle spokeswoman Karen Tillman declined comment on the resignation.

Gosling is one of the highest profile Sun employees to leave Oracle since the world’s No. 3 software maker completed its $7.5 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems in January. He had served as chief technology officer of Oracle’s client software group.

Sun Chief Executive Jonathan Schwartz and Chairman Scott McNealy have also left the company.

Reporting by Jim Finkle; additional reporting by Ian Sherr in San Francisco; editing by Gerald E. McCormick

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