ICL Plc is giving away free a new Java version of its DAIS Object Request Broker for developers that want to write 100% pure Java applications for both client and server, as part of what it calls an aggressive drive to gain market share for DAIS. ICL claims DAIS J2, and the enterprise version J3, […]
ICL Plc is giving away free a new Java version of its DAIS Object Request Broker for developers that want to write 100% pure Java applications for both client and server, as part of what it calls an aggressive drive to gain market share for DAIS. ICL claims DAIS J2, and the enterprise version J3, are the first Java ORBs that use Portable Object Adapter technology, which will be included in the Object Management Group’s upcoming Corba specification. Portable Object Adapter apparently enhances the portability of Java objects and reduces ‘lock-in’ to any particular technology. The idea of giving J2 away free is to kick-start the market for using Java on both the client and server side, according to ICL’s DAIS marketing manager Ian Hunter. It will also, of course, stimulate sales of DAIS, by making a wider audience aware of it, says Hunter. Also, anyone wanting to develop enterprise applications using the enterprise- strength Corba security and transaction services, will need to upgrade to DAIS J3, which isn’t free. J2 supports all the most widely-used industry tools and standards, including OMG’s latest standard for Interface Definition Language, IDL, Java mapping and Java ORB portability interfaces, JavaSoft’s Java Development Kit 1.1 compiler and full runtime support for HTTP tunneling. J2 will be available in beta at the end of the month, and can be downloaded from ICL’s web site. J3 will be available in the second half of this year. ICL has also released its DAIS COM2Corba, a COM Common Object Model to Corba bridge that enables two way interoperability between Microsoft Corp COM applications and Corba components. ICL says the product enables developers using the Visual Basic tool set, to link COM applications to other enterprise systems, including Unix and OpenVME operating systems. For example, using the COM2Corba bridge, an Excel spreadsheet could be populated with legacy data from a Unix system using a standard Corba call. The company claims the developer doesn’t need an extensive knowledge of IDL or Corba. Iona Technologies Ltd has also announced a similar product, due to beta later this year, but ICL says it is the first to have an available product, which has been developed from scratch and does not license technology from a third party. The company has also applied for a patent for the way in which it implements the COM to Corba controls. The COM2Corba development kit is available now for 2,000 pounds. Deployment of COM components created with the kit will be free of license charges provided the application inter-operates with licensed DAIS components.