The first version of the now popular and versatile programming language, Java, was released on 23rd May 1995 by Sun Microsystems.
The language was created by James Gosling with help from Mike Sheridan and Patrick Naughton. The language was actually meant for interactive television but was too advanced for digital cable TV industry of that time.
Gosling had designed Java with a C/C++ syntax so that system and application programmers would have little trouble in adopting the new language. By the way, it was originally named “Oak” (after an oak tree outside Gosling’s office). It was then named “Green” and finally to “Java”, from Java coffee.
The Times New Roman typeface is probably based on a font designed by William Starling Burgess some 30 years before. Times New Roman was created in 1931 by Victor Larden under the guidance of Stanley Morison. The typeface was commissioned by The Times UK. They approached Morison who had voiced his criticism of the typeface the newspaper had been employing. The Times ended up using Times New Roman for 40 years straight. [more...]