Java was born in 1995, so it has a good amount of history and a number of variations between its versions. Java was originally designed for the “interactive television” (devices such as set-top boxes, televisions, etc.) and embedded systems in electronic devices. However, it later suited for internet programming.

The history of Java starts with the “Green Team” – which constituted the Java development team at Sun Microsystems. James Gosling (also known as “father of Java”), Mike Sheridan and Patrick Naughton were the members of the team. The team initiated the Java language project in June 1991.

At first, it was named “Greentalk” and the file extension was .gt. Later, it was named “Oak”, after the name of the oak tree that grew outside the office. Also, Oak is a symbol of strength and has been chosen as a national tree by many countries like U.S.A., France, Germany, etc. – and that’s why the name Oak.

In 1995, the team decided to change the name as the name was already a trademark by Oak technologies. The name was then changed to “Java” which was the name of a coffee. Java is the name of an island in Indonesia where first coffee was produced ( Java coffee ). This coffee was highly consumed by the Java developers – so while drinking Java coffee, the creators named the Java language.

It is to be noted that Java is only a name and not an acronym.


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