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Sun article : RMI vs. CORBA in Developing Distributed Applications

Rowan Brownlee
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New RMI article on the sun site
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The Java Remote Method Invocation (RMI) mechanism and the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) are the two most important and widely used distributed object systems. Each system has its own features and shortcomings. Both are being used in the industry for various applications ranging from e-commerce to health care. Selecting which of these two distribution mechanisms to use for a project is a tough task. This article presents an overview of RMI and CORBA, and more importantly it shows how to develop a useful application for downloading files from remote hosts. It then:
Presents a brief overview of distributed object systems
Provides a brief overview of RMI and CORBA
Gives you a flavor of the effort involved in developing applications in RMI and CORBA
Shows how to transfer files from remote machines using RMI and CORBA
Provides a brief comparison of RMI and CORBA
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