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Pact provides objects of vendor desire

A recent rapprochement between Microsoft and the Object Management Group is being reflected at Object World East.

A recent rapprochement between Microsoft and the Object Management Group standards body is being reflected this week at Object World East in Boston.

After months of haggling, Microsoft and the OMG recently settled on a new specification that links Microsoft's COM object architecture with the OMG's CORBA (Common Object Request Broker Architecture), which is used widely on Unix servers. The bridge between the two architectures means that vendors who sell object request brokers (ORB)--technology that facilitates communication between objects over a network--can now support both standards. And so they are this week:

--Post Modern Computing of Mountain View, California, announced that its ORBeline and BlackWidow CORBA-compliant ORBs for C++ and Java developers will now support ActiveX, Microsoft's framework for writing Internet applications. That means that developers will be able to write ActiveX applets in C++ or VisualBasic that will be able to communicate via ORBeline or BlackWidow with CORBA objects. ORBeline 2.0 will be available for Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows NT, and various Unix platforms with pricing starting at $2,999. BlackWidow will run on Windows 95, NT, and Solaris and starts at $5,000.

--Expersoft today introduced PowerBroker CORBAplus for C++, a development environment that supports the Object Management Group's CORBA 2.0 specification and includes a bridge between CORBA and COM. The new version also includes a CORBA Naming Service, multi-threaded support, and suite of other developer tools. The product runs on Windows 95, Windows NT and Unix, and ranges in price from $2,995 to $5,990.

--ParcPlace-DigiTalk and GemStone Systems of Beaverton, Oregon, delivered software that combines object application servers from both companies. The VisualWave/GemStone Internet Application server is a three-tier, scalable solution with gateways to back-end databases such as Oracle's Oracle7 and Sybase's SQL Server 11.0.

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