Object technology specialist GemStone is planning to take Java to the enterprise by building a multi-user, server-based virtual machine (VM).
Exploiting its expertise in virtual machines for the Smalltalk object-oriented programming language, the company believes it will have a server VM for Java ready by the end of the second quarter 1997.
"Few people realise how similar Java is to Smalltalk," said Doug Pollack, vice president of marketing at GemStone. By licensing Java from JavaSoft, Pollack believes GemStone will be among the first companies to come out with a server-based Java VM: "We can apply a lot of our existing technology to Java."
In order for the enterprise to use Java to build serious applications, developers need to move beyond lightweight applets, explained Pollack.
GemStone believes a server-based environment will allow developers to build multi-user computer systems in Java.
In addition to its long-term plans for building a multi-user, server-based Java VM, GemStone has also announced three new tools for melding object technology to the World Wide Web. These are GemBuilder for the Web, GemBuilder for Java and GemORB.
GemBuilder for the Web is an HTTP server which gives Web browsers direct access to objects held in the GemStone Object Application Server. It supports dynamic creation of HTML feature. GemStone said the tool is focused on people building transaction-based systems. "Users can access business objects from their Web browser," said Pollack.
GemBuilder for Java enables Java applets to communicate at a message level with business objects in the GemStone object database. GemORB provides a CORBA 2.0 compliant object request broker which offers IIOP (Internet Interoperability Protocol) as supported by Netscape.
All three will be available in the first quarter of 1997.
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