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06 November 2009, 09:54

Key Jython developer quits Sun

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Frank Wierzbicki, project manager for the Java implementation of Python scripting language Jython, has quit Sun. Sun took on Wierzbickis, and with him a Python implementation for the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) which provides fully interoperability with Java, five years ago. What Wierzbickis plans to do next is not known; Wierzbicki says he is "looking for a new opportunity, and am open to many possibilities".

He does say that he plans to stay involved in Jython's development and that "a far larger group of developers than ever before contribute regularly, making Jython a very healthy project". Wierbicki describes his time at Sun as "a miraculous sabbatical that might come to an end at any moment" but calls the time "one of the greatest professional experiences of my life".

It is worth noting that Wierzbickis departure represents the second setback for Sun in terms of languages capable of running on the JVM which the company has suffered since announcing it was to be taken over by Oracle. The two main developers of JRuby quit Sun in the summer.


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