ARCHIVED: What is the Common Object Request Broker Architecture?
The Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) is a set of specifications designed to support platform- and language-independent, object-oriented distributed computing. Similar in purpose to Microsoft's Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM), CORBA is a middleware technology, serving to connect diverse components of a software system. However, while DCOM is a proprietary technology, CORBA was devised by an assembly of over 800 corporations in the computing industry known collectively as the Object Management Group (OMG). The primary mission of the OMG is to support open standards, thereby encouraging interoperability between systems regardless of platform or implementation language. For example, CORBA makes it possible to integrate a legacy code base written in COBOL with a newly developed C++ application. A CORBA component written in Java and running under Linux can communicate seamlessly with another component written in C and running under Windows.
An Object Request Broker (ORB) is a software package that implements the CORBA standard. Some notable ORBs are:
ORBacus from Iona
- The Sun Microsystems
ORB, included with the Java SDK version 1.2 and greater
Mico, an open source
- VisiBroker from Borland
Last modified on November 01, 2008.