IONA ACQUIRES JAVA BEANS FIRM EJBHOME.
Irish object company Iona Technologies Ltd acquired tiny UK
Enterprise Java Beans company EJBHome Ltd yesterday on undisclosed
terms, and at the same time announced it would become a Java licensee
under Sun Microsystems Inc's new "community licensing"
terms and conditions, announced at the end of last year. The EJBHome
website has been a well-regarded information source for beans
developers, and the two developers behind the site, including company
president Peter Morgan, have offered developers an EJB server kit free
for non-commercial use on their site since June last year. It was one of
the first Java beans implementations to reach the market. The latest
final beta version 0.4 was completed in October. The server was built on
top of RMI rather than Orbix, but Iona says it will change that and
integrate native support for EJB into Orbix and its so-called "C3
architecture," a framework supporting DCOM, Corba and Enterprise
Java Beans, integrating the necessary support for transactions, security
and network management. "Java will be the server language of choice
in around two years - the infrastructure's not quite there
yet" predicted Annrai O'Toole, chief technology officer at
Iona. He said the acquisition had been made because the technology
"was easily digestible, a pure EJB implementation written from the
ground up." The EJBHome.com site will be continued, Iona said. The
two staff at EJBHome will move to Dublin. Iona said the price paid for
the company "would not affect its balance sheet."