Sun is continuing its acquisitions strategy, not of companies but prominent open source programmers. Sun announce that Ted Leung and Frank Wierzbicki will be joining Sun to work on all of the company’s Python projects.
Leung is an author, a member of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and a long-time Python developer at the Open Source Applications Foundation (OSAF). Wierzbicki is the lead implementer of the Jython project (Python on the Java VM). The two join Debian Linux founder Ian Murdock, JRuby creators Charles Nutter and Thomas Enebo and Nick Kew, a leading developer on the ASF platform, who have recently joined Sun to pursue open source projects.
They will both work on Jython, which enables Python to run on the JVM. Last month Sun’s CEO said the company wants to “take the J off the JVM and just make it a VM.”