The Long Strange Trip to Java

A dense but fascinating read. This is written by one of the folks who was instrumental in the creation of the Java language at Sun. He was apparently about to leave the company for NeXT. Scott McNealy stopped him and asked him to write down his issues with the company before he left; McNealy then distributed this internally at Sun. It got enough support to lead to the founding of the "Green Team" to work on Oak. (The Green Team was aimed at what would later become "the internet of things", but they were about twenty years too early.) This also contains my new favorite phrase for describing a pitch going well:

This played like Soundgarden in Seattle. Love it.

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