The original designer of the Java programming language, James Gosling, is planning to visit Australia early in 2005 for two capital city seminars aimed at local developers.

It is not often luminaries of the software development world travel to Australia, and if they do, it’s rare local developers get to see them speak live for free.

Sun Microsystems is understood to be preparing to announce two half-day events — one each in Sydney and Melbourne — with Gosling, chief technology officer of Sun’s Developer Products group headlining.

Sources told Builder AU Gosling would be doing a Q&A session in each city, with local developers having a rare chance to ask the Java guru questions. Sun executives are pushing the events as Java community sessions, with chief engineers from Sun’s product group also set to speak.

Full details of the events have not been confirmed — but it is understood the first is scheduled for Sydney on 2 February and the second in Melbourne on 3 February.