[svlug] Which computer languages did Sun Microsystems leave behind?

Jesse Monroy jesse650 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 14 17:55:02 PST 2015

@Andrew, thanks. That's three (3) languages, and help on JS. FWIW: Sun
also did a small amount of help on BDB (Berkely DB which is the engine
for sqlite. But were off target)

@Scott, this is a NON-google search.

1) Sun Microsystem is out of business, now part of Oracle.
2) Oracle is unlikely to promote any open source idea it can't make a buck on.
3) All the sun servers of any importance are gone.

So the only way to make this list is to have old SUN people tell us.
Or have maybe someone might remember some project - like some random
VR language variant we have forgotten.


1) Java - the one we have come to love an hate.
2) TCL/TK - http://www.tcl.tk/man/tcl8.6/TclCmd/contents.htm (See the copyright)
3) Lua - of which I can't find the copyright at the moment
4) Self - a small talk dialect.

Anyone else?


On 1/14/15, Andrew Wilcox <andrew.r.wilcox at gmail.com> wrote:
> The Self programming language, which is a dialect of Smalltalk, was
> developed in the 90s by people who worked at Sun Microsystems[1].  Sun did
> a lot of work in open source besides just that, though; they developed NFS,
> ZFS, some work on GNOME and X11, and even contributed to the SPARC Linux
> kernel[2]. Also, iIt may seem obvious to some given the name, but
> JavaScript - originally Mochascript - was also conceived in a joint project
> between Sun and Netscape[3].
> Hope this helps!
> --Andrew
> [1]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self_%28programming_language%29
> [2]:
> https://www.quora.com/What-were-Sun-Microsystems-contributions-to-open-source
> [3]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ECMAScript
> On 13 January 2015 at 23:59, Jesse Monroy <jesse650 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hey All,
>> I'm curious. I know about Java; I think we all know that, but which
>> other languages. So far I have found TCL/TK & Lua. You can see
>> it in old copyright notices.
>> Anyone else have any memories?
>> TIA
>> Jessse
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