It is hard to imagine IT without Java. James Gosling and his team at Sun devised a language based on a simple premise: you should only need to develop the application once, and it should be able to run anywhere, without modifying the source code.
Today, Java is everywhere. The Java virtual machines required to run Java applications are available on almost any type of computing device, from smartphones to the most powerful supercomputers.
As part of Computer Weekly's 40th anniversary celebrations, we are asking readers to vote for the people, technologies and organisations that have made the biggest difference in the four decades since Computer Weekly was first published. So if James Gosling is one of your IT greats, let us know.
Vote for your IT greats
Who have been the most influential people in IT in the past 40 years? The greatest organisations? The best hardware and software technologies? As part of Computer Weekly’s 40th anniversary celebrations, we are asking our readers who and what has really made a difference?
Vote now at: www.computerweekly.com/ITgreats