History of Java

By: Emiley J.  

It is always a good practice to know a little bit of history and background of any technology before starting to actually use it. In fact Java has nothing to do with the 'Island Java' in Indonesia. It all started at Sun Microsystems when they were developing an application for the 'set-top box'. 

In 1990's they tried to develop a portable application that can run on any micro chip. Not surprisingly, the team chose C++ to accomplish this task. But soon they found that there are many features in C++ that prevented it from being PORTABLE. Therefore they tried to remove those features that are platform dependent. In doing so, they ended up developing a new programming language. They named this new programming language as OAK. Some say that the reason simply being that the team leader James Gosling spent most of the time under a OAK tree. So they chose this name. Surprisingly, this programming language never took off.

In 1995, the WWW (World Wide Web) became popular and Internet came to be widely used even among homes. This was a blessing in disguise for 'OAK'. The WWW presented  the same problems and issues such as the 'set-top box' software. Around the globe, there were many different platforms, under different operating systems and therefore there was a need for a portable, platform independent programming language which can be used to write programs that can run on all these different platforms without the necessary of re-compilation.

Sun Microsystems, renamed OAK to 'JAVA' with some changes and launched it in the same year. Developers around the globe immediately found Java's potential and the WWW got its new look and Java took the world by storm.

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1. @ manohar patil Go and sit under the oak tree , you will be able to learn JAVA :)
View Tutorial          By: Naresh at 2016-08-03 13:30:02

2. Hi! Sir.I am anish from Sultanpur.I want to Know that how to prepared the java technology for freshe
View Tutorial          By: Anish at 2014-12-10 08:23:49

3. why have you change first name oak to java ?
View Tutorial          By: manohar patil at 2014-08-20 03:44:23

4. The main purpose of java creation was because of the learning curve is steep and takes a long time t
View Tutorial          By: Aksh at 2014-07-20 18:14:09

5. Java==Coffee.
View Tutorial          By: Akhil at 2014-07-02 09:53:37

6. My question is, from where the name "java" comes exactly?
View Tutorial          By: Sreedevi at 2013-05-18 10:41:38

7. The logo is a cup of coffee. Java is an island in Indonesia that is known for its coffee and the wor
View Tutorial          By: kamal goduguluri at 2012-05-30 15:34:21

8. please provide next and previous functionality in your site. it really help us.
View Tutorial          By: Bharat Patel at 2012-05-09 07:23:56

9. its easy to understand the complete history of java rather than reading lot of pages....

View Tutorial          By: Arun Tony at 2011-04-10 07:12:04

10. i would like to ask that what is the history of a cup of tea logo on java..
View Tutorial          By: Ankit at 2011-02-07 09:56:21

11. The name OAK was changed to java because ,once they had a round table meeting about renaming the lan
View Tutorial          By: Sowminarayanan at 2010-11-28 06:17:42

12. Hi..
i a'm Sajid mestri (Maha,sangli)
This history will useful all litral persons and

View Tutorial          By: sajid at 2010-10-30 00:32:15

13. hi! i want to know about how database createed in java with coding

View Tutorial          By: kundan at 2010-05-19 05:03:33

14. to know
View Tutorial          By: Parthasarathi.N at 2010-02-19 05:59:51

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