IBM is introducing the same virtual machine into both its Visual Age for Java and Smalltalk development toolsets by the autumn, to speed up the introduction of new functionality.
Both Java and Smalltalk are interpreted languages, so both need a virtual machine (VM) to work at run time and IBM now has only one development team working on the VM.
Simon Phipps, IBM?s programme manager for Java technology, said: ?With one VM for both platforms, we are able to produce tools with the same capability across a range of platforms. This means that when the Java tool learns something, the C++ one does too. It automatically brings the benefits on one language to the other.?
Big Blue is also working on a series of Java Beans to include in forthcoming versions of Visual Age for Java. The new Beans will comprise the encapsulated application programming interfaces of such applications as Oracle, Peoplesoft and SAP to enable them to communicate with Java-based packages.
The Java-based application makes a call to the Bean, the Bean goes and retrieves the required information, translates it into Java and then returns the information to the application.
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