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Not to be confused with JavaScript, which is an unrelated programming language.
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Paradigm Object-oriented
Appeared in 1995
Designed by Sun Microsystems
OS Cross-platform
License GNU General Public License / Java Community Process

The programming language Java was originally developed by Sun Microsystems and released in 1995 as a core component of Sun's Java platform. The languages syntax is based on C and C++, whilst having a simpler object model. Java applications are typically can run on any Java virtual machine (JVM) regardless of computer architecture. As of April 20, 2009, Sun and Java is owned by Oracle.

The original implementation of Java and it's associated compilers, virtual machines and class libraries were developed by Sun from 1995. As on May 2007, under the Java Community Process specification, Java was made available under the GNU General Public License. Others have also developed alternative implementations of these Sun technologies, such as the GNU Compiler for Java and GNU Classpath.