[Oberon] Re: Java & Oberon history?
atersol at owl.csusm.edu
Mon Jun 2 18:23:15 CEST 2003
There was an article in Wired magazine a few years ago, which included
an interview with Bill Joy, I believe, of Sun, and my recollection is
that he mentioned Oberon as an influence.
pause while I do a quick Google on "Wired Bill Joy Oberon" which yields
'One Huge Computer
By Kevin Kelly and Spencer Reiss
The Net made it possible. Java made it doable. Jini might just make it
happen. An on-the-fly, plug-and-work, global nervous system that
connects his cam to her RAM to your PDA.
Also: A conversation with Sun's founding spirit Bill Joy.'
'One of Joy's favorite engineering maxims - "Large successful systems
start as small successful systems" - is another way of saying: Use what
already works. In 1994, the Aspen skunkworks already had a workstation
running Oberon, an ambitious attempt by Zürich-based Niklaus Wirth, the
inventor of Pascal, to create a featherweight system written entirely in
one simple programming language. Such knowledge-based computing erases
the conventional distinction between the OS and applications.'
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