Eye on Oracle

Oct 1 2010   2:09PM GMT

James Gosling quips on JavaOne/OpenWorld

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

James Gosling, the founder of Java, roamed the halls at JavaOne and Oracle OpenWorld last week wearing a T-shirt that, he admitted, he saw no one else wearing. Anyway, he had a few amusing things to say. On Oracle hiring former HP CEO Mark Hurd, Gosling heard:

One of the formerly Sun, now Oracle, folks asked roughly “Larry hired Hurd, saying that fudging his expense report wasn’t grounds for dismissal; does that mean that all Oracle employees now have permission to fudge their expense reports?”.

And on Oracle salespeople:

One of the more entertaining lines I heard was at a cocktail party held by some 3rd party partners. “We love the Oracle sales force!” (what?? surprised look on my face) “They’re so nasty, their prices are so high, and their tactics so obnoxious that all we have to do is be credible and treat the customer with respect – then the deal is ours!”.

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