By William Fellows ObjectSpace Inc is promising to announce a rapid expansion of its business over the next few weeks, but wouldn’t comment on whether it will be driven by further investment by OEMs, by acquisition or organic means. The 200-person former object technology consultant is becoming a rather hot prospect by dint of its […]
By William Fellows
ObjectSpace Inc is promising to announce a rapid expansion of its business over the next few weeks, but wouldn’t comment on whether it will be driven by further investment by OEMs, by acquisition or organic means. The 200-person former object technology consultant is becoming a rather hot prospect by dint of its Voyager distributed Java and object development, management and deployment technology. In addition to the Voyager application server ObjectSpace is demonstrating at the Java internet business expo in New York next week supporting Enterprise Java Beans, security and transaction processing (CI No 3,538), the company also has Novell Inc’s Java architect Art Nevarez on tap to describe how it’ll be utilizing Voyager on top of its NDS services. Voyager provides native Corba IDL, IIOP, bi-directional IDL/Java conversion and Java RMI support and will, ObjectSpace claims, provide the functionality of Sun’s Jini without the restriction of Java. While Sun’s Jini demonstrations have so far been confined to automatically finding printers, cameras and other devices on a network, ObjectSpace says Voyager will extend Jini into the enterprise. It plans to make all kinds of services available on corporate networks. And Voyager will enable a developer to pull up a remote order entry program on whether it is based on Java, Corba or COM. Other companies using Voyager include IBM Corp’s Tivoli Systems which is said to be constructing the next version of its TME Tivoli management environment on top of it, while Sun, ObjectSpace says, is still evaluating how it can use Voyager to expand its line of distributed technology offerings. ObjectSpace says the preliminary injunction Sun has won against Microsoft in its Java lawsuit means it won’t have to maintain a different version of Voyager for Windows which it would have had to do if Microsoft had continued to support only its proprietary Java work. ObjectSpace has mixed feelings about the process of standardizing Java. Without the hurdles that standards activities inevitably introduce, Sun is able to drive Java technology forward quickly. Yes, it says, Sun was wrong to ignore OMG’s Corba component architecture when it created Enterprise Java Beans but it was good for Java. Moreover, even if Corba does gain recognition in the second version of the EJB specification Java has clearly won, ObjectSpace thinks. The Corba component model will always trail Java, it says, and expects Corba to find its place as the IIOP wire standard while the Corba component and development models will become legacy architectures.