Polder to Valley: Java founder Arthur van Hoff




Say ‘Java’ and many will remember the applets that were used in the 90s on many websites. Yet Java was originally not intended for the Web: in principle, the development team at Sun Microsystems wanted to develop a program but language was easier than other languages ​​and programmers would work off your hands. Java should be used for small electronics such as lamps, debit cards and pocket computers. While mainly used The use of a Java virtual machine had run optimally on any device.

Very earn accordingly was a Dutch programmer named Arthur van Hoff. In those early years He was the team responsible for the Java compiler and has had a major impact on the final specification of the language. When Java was eventually used as a language for the Web, he was involved too closely.

After his years at Sun Van Hoff has worked with many companies, some of which he founded himself and resold again. He may therefore be rightly called a Silicon Valley veteran. Most recently he worked as chief technology officer at Flipboard, where he in his own language Java made ​​the Android version of the digital magazine.

Today Van Hoff is busy deepen in new techniques and developments in preparation for a new project. In the meantime, he is a consultant for a large investment company where he engaged in tech startups.

We went along with Van Hoff and spoke to him about his early years in Java and also about his more recent projects.


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