Java is an object-oriented programming language developed in the 1990s by a team of programmers led by James Gosling, at Sun Microsystems. In 2008 Java was acquired by the company Oracle. Unlike most programming languages you know, it is not compiled to native code, but to a bytecode and interpreted by a virtual machine (Java Virtual Machine or JVM). The Java programming language is the conventional language of the Java Platform, but it is not its only language. There is also J2ME, used in computer programs and games, cell phones, calculators, or even car radios.