Iona Technologies has unveiled its Orbixhome development tool to enable programmers to build applications based on either the Corba or Enterprise Java Beans (EJB) object models. The EJB portion of the technology comes from Iona's acquisition of two man company EJB Home (see VNU Newswire, 4 February, 1999) earlier this year, which it has integrated with its Corba compliant Orbix object request broker (Orb). The tool also conforms to the Object Management Group's Enterprisebeans component development specification. John McGuire, Iona's senior product manager, said: "Orbixhome is a consolidation between EJB and Corba. There's been a lot of talk about whether the two object models are complementary - we're saying yes, and we're proving it. This will enable developers to use one tool to develop applications for either model." He added: "EJB has been good because it's forced the Corba vendors to look at ease of use issues and to hide the rocket science behind services. This will regenerate a lot of interest in Corba as infrastructure technology because while Corba is more robust and proven, EJB is fresh technology that's only been on the market for two years, but people like the component model." Orbixhome, which was previously codenamed Orbix Beanstalk, enables users to design, generate, assemble and deploy home grown and off the shelf Corba objects and EJB components. Customers can also employ integrated development environments such as Symantec's Visual Café for compilation and debugging. The offering will be previewed at the JavaOne show in San Francisco next month, when pricing details will also be revealed, but is due to ship in the third quarter of this year.
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