[Oberon] Re: Java & Oberon history?
Douglas G. Danforth
danforth at greenwoodfarm.com
Mon Jun 2 21:24:39 CEST 2003
Thank you for this pointer and thanks to everyone else for their
comments and suggestions! I think I have enough now to make a
reasonable statement of the Oberon influence on Java.
Antony Tersol wrote:
> 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.'
> an excerpt:
> '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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