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Middleware gets Java jolt

Borland International adds Java language support to a new version of its Entera middleware.

Borland International (BORL) has added Java language support to a new version of its Entera middleware.

Entera allows developers to link client systems, databases, and legacy software into distributed applications.

Version 4 adds support for Java and Borland's Delphi programming tool, giving developers additional choices in the language used to build systems, Borland said. The software already supported development using C and C++, Cobol, PowerBuilder, and Visual Basic.

The middleware currently uses a remote procedure call (RPC) mechanism for communication between applications. Borland said a future release will support its VisiBroker object request broker and its MIDAS architecture. That will allow Entera to work with CORBA- (common object request broker architecture) and COM- (component object model) based applications.

Entera 4 also works with Borland's recently announced AppCenter application management tool for administering distributed systems, the company said. Borland has also improved security options in the new release.

Entera 4 runs on IBM's AIX, Sun Microsystems' Solaris, Hewlett-Packard-UX and Microsoft Windows NT.

No pricing was announced.