If you have a Java only distributed computing problem, the easiest way to get a CORBA connection is to use Java Remote Method Invocation (RMI) and let your broker middleware worry about IIOP and IDL. Developers on both sides of the connection speak pure Java easing specification, implementation, and maintenance.
Jave World has a nice article on use of the Adapter Pattern to rationalize migration of local Java classes into a network aware environment.
Becker, Dan. Design networked applications in RMI using the Adapter design pattern: A guide to correctly adapting local Java objects for the Web. JavaWorld, 24 April 1999.
Christensen, Clayton M. The Innovator's Dilemma : When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail. Harvard Business School Press, 1997.
An a recent dinner party I was discussing the current state of the software industry and the CEO of Harvard Business School Press asked me if I had read this book. I said no, but I will. She said a copy of it will be on your desk tomorrow. And it was, by Federal Express!
The book describes why the best managed companies run off the edge of a cliff when a disruptive technology (like the Internet) appears on the scene. As Andy Grove says, this is a scary book, because the incentives to provide higher margins for your company cause you to disinvest in disruptive technologies until it is too late - and then you are toast!
I guarantee that all of us are at risk of being toast in today's market. This book is a survival manual!
Some readers have trouble with frames. I've been looking for a good frames alternative for some time. Maybe you can give me some pointers on how to eliminate frames (without losing any functionality) using Dreamweaver in a few hours. Everything I do must be fast since I am only a part time Webmaster. And I hear that many of you do not have a direct connection to the Internet and want faster load times.
One email suggestion has just been implemented that should ease problems with frames. All new links will generate a new browser window rather than painting into the main frame. Keep the comments coming.
Teleconference with IBM team yesterday pointed out that XML adoption is occuring even faster than Java. Remember you heard it here on 12 Dec 1997.
General Motors is beginning projects to link their 8500 legacy systems together with XML. DataChannel put them up to it. Duvall, Mel. Putting the Pedal to the XM-etaL. Inter@ctive Week, 30 Mar 1999
CORBA and COM experts tell me that DLL hell with Microsoft tools has its counterpart in IDL hell with CORBA. The problem is that these component technologies require tight binding through interfaces. XML allows building loosely coupled components across heterogeneous systems, a fundamental requirement for a Business Object Component Architecture. This was reported in the summary of the OOPSLA'95 Workshop on Business Object Design and Implementation.
This is all an inevitable outcome. See my report of 13 October 1997. Alan Kay, the inventor of Smalltalk started the OOPSLA'97 Conference with a keynote address, "The Computer Revolution Hasn't Happened Yet." Key points were delivered in Alan's inimitable style: HTML is an abomination that will self destruct due to a fatal flaw. It does not transfer self-describing data. Java will not handle the demands of distributed computing on the Internet because it has no meta-object model. (XML provides resolution of these fundamental flaws)
My next prediction: The core technology for the future of the Internet will be the intersection of Java with XML. Sign up for JavaOne and take the Java University Course on Java Technology and XML.
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Rules for Component Builders - Bertrand Meyer
Components and Objects Together - Clemens Szyperski - Components may (or may not) be built from objects but they are not objects, they are deployment software artifacts. Szyperski's law: Maximizing for reuse minimizes for use.
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Paquet, Gaël. Hyper9002: an online operating manual for a chemical manufacturer using hypertext integrated with an object oriented database. In: SAC '92. Proceedings of the 1992 ACM/SIGAPP symposium on Applied computing (vol. II): technological challenges of the 1990's, pages 976-984. Citation in ACM Digital Library.