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Java pioneer joins Microsoft

Neal Gafter, one of the leading developers who influenced the Java language has left Google to work on the .NET platform.

Neal Gafter, one of the leading developers who influenced the Java language, has left Google to work on the .NET platform.

After much speculation, Gafter has announced he has left the search giant to work at Microsoft. At Microsoft, Gafter said he will be working on "Visual Studio Managed Languages with Anders Hejlsberg, on C# and other languages".

Gafter most recently worked on developing Google Calendar and was previously employed at Sun Microsystems where he worked on changes to Java 1.4 and 1.5 (or 5.0 as it was later re-branded). He maintained the Java compiler and language tools such as javac, javadoc, javah and javap.

Gafter's defection follows other high profile and senior developers who have left Google for Microsoft citing better development practices, technology, management, and working environment in Redmond.

With all the rock star developers joining Microsoft to work on the next version of Visual Studio, one has to wonder what the future lies for the .NET platform, languages, and the development tools.

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