The company has announced the Visigenic/DAP (Distributed Application Platform) framework, a blueprint for future enhancements to its ORB (object request broker) technology that should make it easier for developers to link older applications using object-oriented technology.
Visigenic's ORB software is used by companies building cross-platform software that complies with the CORBA (Common Object Request Broker Architecture) standard for component applications.
ORBs function as middleware that find and pass objects to requesting applications, no matter where on the network they are located. The use of ORB software from Visigenic and rival Iona has exploded since the explosion of the Internet.
Visigenic/DAP includes a series of nine products, ranging from an updated version of the company's existing ORB, VisiBroker 3.0, to new services that take advantage of CORBA specifications.
The new products include the VisiBroker Transaction Service, a transaction management add-on for VisiBroker, due early next year, that manages client requests for data. It works with transaction processing systems, such as IBM's CICS and Tuxedo, and with databases from IBM, Oracle, Sybase and other companies.
Another add-on, VisiBroker Manager, is a graphical management tool intended to make development and management of VisiBroker applications easier.
Additional products will bolster VisiBroker security and event, messaging, and naming services. The company will roll out the new products between this fall and the first half of next year.