Object Management Group Readies Standards Upgrade

The Object Management Group (OMG) is planning to meet next month to work on the evolution of standards such as CORBA and UML (Unified Modeling Language) standards.

Andrew Watson, vice president and technical director of CORBA, said that the lineup of topics includes evaluating submissions for technologies such as a version 2.0 specification of UML.

To boost UML, Needham, Mass.-based OMG will focus on language infrastructure, language superstructure, OCL (Object Constraint Language), and UML Diagram Interchange. Another goal of UML 2.0 is to embrace new technologies, such as Java and Jini, Watson said.

Watson continued that OMG will start the technical process for enabling CORBA and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) to work together, an effort that will be finished early next year.

OMG members also will spend some time focusing on older technologies.

Specifically, OMG will review a submission for a language mapping from PL1 to CORBA.

PL1 is an old programming language that was used in the 1960s. Watson said there are still banks in Europe, particularly in Switzerland, that use millions of lines of PL1 and rely heavily enough on the code that they are not going to toss it out anytime soon.

"We're not only working on this year's hot technologies. We're also working on technologies that are 30 years old," Watson added.

OMG is a not-for-profit vendor-neutral software standards consortium.

OMG's Technical Meeting Week, hosted by Tokyo-based Fujitsu Ltd., will run from Sept. 11 through Sept. 15 in Burlingame, Calif. It is one of five Technical Meetings the OMG holds annually.

OMG expects nearly 600 participants.

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