Sun?s JavaSoft unit has finally agreed to integrate the Remote Method Invocation (RMI) protocol that enables Java applets to communicate with each other with the Object Management Group?s (OMG) Corba specification.
JavaSoft has suffered much criticism up till now for its apparent unwillingness to involve RMI in the standards process and for its perceived reluctance to provide a means for Java applets to talk to Corba objects.
An additional worry, according to critics, was that the industry could end up splitting into three object model camps, confusing users even more over whether to go for Corba, Microsoft?s DCOM or Java.
But, JavaSoft has now decided to make two concessions. The organisation, along with the rest of the OMG, will co-operate in building RMI functionality into IIOP and RMI support will be included in the Java Interface Definition Language (IDL), which will be incorporated in the next version of the Java Developers Kit.
But, far from subsuming RMI into the OMG IIOP world, JavaSoft said it would continue to push RMI as its primary method of implementing distributed computing.
Analysts felt the move was a face-saving gesture on Sun?s part because it was implicitly acknowledging that proprietary technology would not be popular in the Internet world.
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