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IT-Director: Java struggles towards ISO standard

Jun 30, 1999, 13:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Broad support for placing Java in the hands of a standards body is slowly bringing results."

"The painfully slow steps towards a widely acceptable standard will be frustrating for most enterprise computing groups. Many have voiced strong opinions in favour of sound cross platform standards, with Java the only candidate with the potential for wide support. Corporate IT managers recognise that there may be a performance penalty to achieving cross platform results, but prefer to pay the price in order to resolve other issues."

"...Microsoft's role is curious, and perhaps reflects the company's apparent difficulty in formulating a forward-looking strategy. Java has turned out to be strongest on the server side... Microsoft's ambition to storm the market is plainly stalled. Windows NT has achieved a significant market share, but is unlikely to make further large gains. ... Rival systems are principally the proprietary Unix systems, Novell's NetWare and Linux. None of these are likely to yield much ground and each has some potential for gains."

"Microsoft's own component strategy involves COM. The future direction is COM+, which embraces the Microsoft Transaction Server, Microsoft Message Queue and other services. Although COM was implemented for Unix, there has been minimal deployment outside the Windows environment."

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