"To date, the Java platform has attracted more than 6.5 million software developers. It's used in every major industry segment and has a presence in a wide range of devices, computers, and networks....Java powers more than 4.5 billion devices." - Sun Microsystems
Sun Microsystems developed the programming language Java and released it in 1995 as part of their Java platform. Java is based on C and C++, and Java applications can be run on any Java Virtual Machine, regardless of computer architecture. With Java, developers can write software on one platform and have it work on almost any other platform. As of May 2007, Sun made most Java technologies as free software under the GNU General Public License, making Java an affordable solution. Java also has extensive documentation available, with online Tutorials, Developer Resources and Java Technology-focused newsletters. Net Easy develops and builds distributed Java Applications using J2EE standards and often deploys them on application servers like JBoss and Tomcat and has worked on brand name servers such as WebLogic and WebSphere as well.
Java was originally created in 1991 by James Gosling and was originally named Oak.