IBM is packaging up the Object Management Group?s (OMG) Corba services for its DSOM object request broker (Orb). aiming to kickstart the market for developing business objects.
The project, codenamed Business Object Server (BOS), is scheduled to be announced under the potential brand name of Component Broker Series, by May, although nothing is set in stone yet.
The offering will comprise version 4.0 of DSOM, which is due to go into first beta in May; the Corba services, including security and transactions; a runtime environment; and development tools based on IBM's SOM server-based component object model. SOM supports the development of Java Beans, ActiveX and Corba-based objects.
But, BOS will also incorporate instance managers to make it easier for objects to access and work with such critical enterprise applications as IBM?s DB2 database or its Encina transaction processing manager.
Patti Dock, IBM?s director of object technology, said: ?There are currently 16 core Corba services and facilities such as security and transactions, but today you have to write all the code yourself and it?s a daunting task. Developers don?t just need to be expert in object development, they also have to know a lot about security and transactions as well, so they end up having to spend lots of time not just developing, but also testing and debugging this stuff.?
She added that BOS will also make it possible for users to attain the long promised utopia of object reuse. It enables them to separate the business logic of an object from its behavioural policy, which defines that it is, for instance, a transactional-based object. This means that programmers need not bury a given policy into the object itself.
The first iteration of BOS, with instance managers for DB2 and Cics, is due by September, but support for other applications will follow over time.
The offering will ship initially for Windows NT and AIX, but support for OS/2 is also scheduled for the end of the year. OS/400 and MVS support is due by March 1998. Pricing has not yet been decided.
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