Software AG is working on a new development language for building Java-based component applications and integrating them with legacy systems.
The software supplier intends to unveil its fourth generation language (4GL), which will sit on top of Javasoft?s Java Virtual Machine (JVM), at its user conference in Philadelphia in June, but is unlikely to ship it for a couple of years.
Its existing 4GL, Natural, will interface to the new product, but will also be evolved itself to support different object models, including Microsoft?s DCOM and the Object Management Group?s Interface Definition Language (IDL).
Users will need to wrap their legacy applications in either DCOM or IDL, using Software AG?s Broker development kit, and these systems will then communicate with the new component-based applications via the company?s Broker family of object request brokers.
The new language will initially simply enable users to develop Java-based applets, but will later come with Java-based frameworks. This will enable users to compile applications from their own or third party components, which will be stored in a repository and accessed as necessary.
Software AG is still evaluating which repository to use, but in light of its close relationship with Microsoft, it seems likely that it will adopt the product jointly developed by Microsoft and Texas Instruments.
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