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mark stone
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can we say that applets are corba compliant and like corba clients. because applets can run inside a browser irrespective of OS, platform....
this is direct from the OMG:
"CORBA enables natural interoperability regardless of platform, operating system, programming language, even of network hardware and software (although CORBA defines a mandatory TCP/IP based protocol for interoperability over the Internet and most intranets). CORBA clients can run on anything from a hand-held wireless palmtop or pager, to a desktop machine, to a mainframe; CORBA servers can run on all of these machine types also (really!); "
 
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Bear in mind that CORBA does not broadly define interaction between two systems. It is a very particular specification for how those interactions take place.
It is the unfortunate tendency of standards group to hype their model while presumably describing it in neutral terms. I don't know what "natural interoperability" is, for example, so how it's written in code is anyone's guess.
Applets are not CORBA-compliant. For one, they require the use of a browser; they are platform-specific to Java; in the final analysis, a virtual machine only reduces the issue of cross-platform compatibility, it doesn't erase them. Finally, CORBA models require an underlying protocol (IIOP) which the blurb you cite fails to name; applets don't use IIOP in any way.
 
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