One of the fun things about writing a blog is seeing a wide range of news sources churn stories out based on the same kernel of information. Thus, I eagerly scoured the tech press to find out more information about James Gosling's resignation from Oracle, which apparently happened more than a week ago but only became public late Friday. All of them without fail were based on Gosling's blog entry, and all of them without fail included this quote, the juiciest:
As to why I left, it’s difficult to answer: Just about anything I could say that would be accurate and honest would do more harm than good.
Of course, if you go to Gosling's blog now, that quote is gone. The Katonda blog gets marks for tracking the history-wiping, along with showing that Gosling's bio was up on Oracle's site as an Oracle exec until fairly recently.
What this all says to me is that nobody -- not Gosling, not Oracle -- is talking to the press about any of this, a fairly impressive wall of silence in a leak-heavy age. The closest anyone's come up with for an outside quote is Tim Bray's succinct "Astounded that Gosling held on so long" on Twitter. I do think it's a sad moment for Java -- after all, the man who created it is now no longer working for the company that owns it, or at least owns the trademark rights -- and where Gosling lands will say a lot about how the Java business plays out in the next few years.
And of course, in the interest of full disclosure, I must serve myself up a heaping bowl of claim chowder, since barely a month ago I wrote a post called "James Gosling isn't going anywhere." Consider those signals outlined in that post completely misread.