This represents the end result of nearly 15 years of trying to come up with a better programming language and environment for building simpler and more reliable software.
—Sun Microsystems cofounder Bill Joy
Crazy bellringer was right. There's money to be made in a place like this.
—The Man with No Name, A Fistful of Dollars
When the Java programming language was first released publicly in November 1995, it was a lot like a Clint Eastwood gunfighter moseying into a surly Western town.
Like Clint, Java was something the townsfolk hadn't seen before. It was a programming language that could run on a World Wide Web page, making a name for itself amongst the graphics, text, audio, and ubiquitous “under construction” signs. ...