Longtime Java exec leaves Sun

Graham Hamilton, a Sun Microsystems executive who's steered Java for more than 10 years, has left the company.

Sun confirmed the departure, reported Monday by InfoWorld. "While it is always sad to see an employee of his caliber depart, we wish him well in all his future endeavors," the company said.

"Mostly he was looking to go do something else after 10 years," said Jeff Jackson, senior vice president of Solaris engineering. "He was huge contributor to Java in terms of technology, both in the desktop and server editions. Server-side Java"--where the software first became a commercial success--"was Graham's idea in the beginning."

James Gosling, who also has been named a Sun fellow and who has led the Java developer tools work at Sun, will take over Hamilton's duties, Sun said.

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