Next month, Iona will launch OrbixWeb 3.0, a new version of the Dublin, Ireland-based company's ORB (object request broker) rewritten in Java.
The software lets developers build entire CORBA (common object request broker architecture)-compliant Java applications that can be distributed to Web browser clients across the Internet and corporate intranets. The tool can also be used to build server-side Java applications.
CORBA is a widely adopted standard that defines communications between applications and components. The Object Management Group, the body charged with promoting the standard, describes CORBA as a way to allow applications to communicate with one another no matter where they are located or who has designed them.
Netscape Communications has adopted the Internet-Inter-ORB Protocol (IIOP), which is based on the CORBA architecture. Netscape says that IIOP will make it easier for companies to retrofit existing client-server applications to work with component software written in Java.
The new version of OrbixWeb makes it easier to connect Java applications to server data residing on Windows NT-based servers, Unix systems, and mainframes, according to Iona.
Also new are additional graphical tools for administration, deployment, and management of Java-CORBA applications.
OrbixWeb 3.0, now in beta testing, will ship next month, priced at $799 per developer.