XML Creator Joins Android, Faults Apple's Vision of Mobile Internet
The co-creator of XML, Tim Bray, joins the Android team at Google. And, before even writing a line of code for his new employer, is making headlines with some sharp words about Apple's culture, the iPhone and what he sees as Apple's vision of the mobile Internet, calling it one that "omits controversy, sex, and freedom, but includes strict limits on who can know what and who can say what." One month after resigning from Oracle and after spending a few days teasing it on Twitter, Tim Bray, the co-creator of XML and one of Sun's more prominent personalities, has resurfaced with Google to work on the Android platform.
Android App on Tap for Bray's OrientationAt Google, Bray will assume the title and position of Developer Advocate, which he admits is a bit fluid at this point. He also admits that he has a lot to learn about Android, the Google-backed open source mobile platform, and is not totally sure of what his job will entail. Bray plans to bring himself up to speed on HTML 5 and write an Android app to learn the platform. "There's nothing that says I'm just doing Android, but it seems that there's enough Android work to keep a dozen of me busy. A couple of other things have come up in the conversation where I might be useful; we'll see," he wrote in a blog post Monday.
Bray, a prominent blogger and programmer, joined Sun in 2004 and stayed on through the merger with Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL), but only just. The deal closed on Jan. 27, and on Feb. 26, Bray sent out the tweet "Just resigned from Sun/Oracle. Not currently looking for another job."
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