And the war wages on... We've been reporting on the showdown
between Oracle and Google over Java-related patent infringement since its inception
, and now El Goog's throwing a little extra excitement into the fray by hiring Java founder, and former VP of Sun Microsystems, James Gosling
. When Oracle acquired Sun
last year, Gosling, who refused to take part, wasn't shy about expressing his views, calling Oracle's Larry Ellison
"Larry, Prince of Darkness." On a post to his blog, which has since crashed, Gosling was vague about his new duties saying simply, "I don't know what I'll be working on. I expect it'll be a bit of everything, seasoned with a large dose of grumpy curmudgeon." That's just the kind of smack talking this scuffle needed to keep things interesting. Long live James Gosling!