Sun?s Javasoft unit is currently trying to gather industry input on what to include in the next two generations of its Java Beans specifications, the first of which is slated to appear this summer.
The first update is codenamed Glasgow because the development team is headed by two Scotsmen. They are investigating whether to include a drag-and-drop graphical user interface, how to ensure better Java Beans and applet integration and how to improve the run time environment.
Also under investigation is whether to include aggregation and delegation in the object model and which container and component protocols should be included.
It is also reviewing whether to incorporate MIME-based data typing and a registry to bind data objects to component handlers, which would make it possible for a Bean to detect other Beans on users? machines.
The Glasgow specification is scheduled to appear in the first of this year, but will be implemented in the Java Developers Kit during the second half.
The third generation Java Beans project is codenamed Edinburgh. This is due to go out for review in the second half of this year for implementation in the first half of 1998.
* Javasoft plans to introduce a Java Beans Web site, which would enable developers to buy and sell Java Beans and also serve as a clearing house to provide smaller vendors with more visibility.
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