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Area native wrote
recipe for Java

The roots of Java–the hottest thing brewing in the computer industry–can be traced to a popular family-run restaurant in Churchville.
At his family’s restaurant on South Main Street, a continent away from the semiconductors and chips of the Silicon Valley, Patrick Naughton earned enough money to buy his first computer.
Some nine years later, Naughton led a covert team–code-named “Green”– that rewrote the future of Sun Microsystems Inc. and possibly the entire computer industry by inventing the Java programming language.
“When we started, the basic premise was we would save the world from bad computing,” said Naughton, in an interview from his office in Bellevue, Wash., near Seattle and not far from where Bill Gates directs the Microsoft Corp. universe.
The numerical goal of Naughton’s team was to spawn 50,000 Java program- mers by the end of the century; today, there are more than 700,000.
“Yes, we were surprised. No one thought we would succeed,” he said.
Naughton, 32, grew up in Gates and Churchville before becoming a Silicon Valley wunderkind. He now works as president and chief technology officer of Starwave Corp., the developer of the most heavily trafficked and cutting-edge World Wide Web sites, including ESPN SportsZone, ABCNEWS.com and Mr. Showbiz.
Naughton started down the road to computer-industry stardom–he has been profiled in publications ranging from Wired magazine to the New York Times –writing software for local companies while taking advanced-placement English and physics courses at Churchville-Chili High School.
He began working as a software engineer in 1982–a year before graduating high school. The job helped Naughton pay his way through college. He gradu-Continued on page 16 Patrick Naughton: “No one thought we would succeed.”

Area native wrote
recipe for Java

The roots of Java–the hottest thing brewing in the computer industry–can be traced to a popular family-run restaurant in Churchville.
At his family’s restaurant on South Main Street, a continent away from the semiconductors and chips of the Silicon Valley, Patrick Naughton earned enough money to buy his first computer.
Some nine years later, Naughton led a covert team–code-named “Green”– that rewrote the future of Sun Microsystems Inc.

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