James Gosling gave the keynote address at TheServerSide Java Symposium on Wednesday, touching on topics including Oracle's stewardship of Java, the importance of Java Virtual Machine (JVM), JDK 7 and cloud computing.

On Oracle's ownership of Java: One of Gosling's slides read: "No clue what Larry (Ellison) will do. But he won't shoot himself. I hope."

"It's in their own self-interest to not be really aggressively stupid," Gosling said, prompting audience laughter. "But it's been clear that it's been something of a learning experience. It's been clear that they didn’t understand what they bought, what it meant to deal with communities and people and all the arguing and discussion and consensus building that’s involved in communities.

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James Gosling riffs at TSSJS keynote