As briefly reported (CI No 3,083) Iona Technologies Ltd’s OrbixWeb 2.0 Java object request broker is to be incorporated into the next version of ParcPlace-Digitalk Inc’s Parts for Java object request broker. OrbixWeb technology will extend Parts for Java to include support for distributed applications with drag and drop facilities, through the creation of fully CORBA Common Object Request Broker conformant objects. Parts for Java is the Java-based component software ParcPlace acquired along with its purchase of ObjectShare Systems Inc last year (CI No 2,958). As part of the deal, the ObjectShare division will join Dublin, Ireland-based Iona’s OrbixWise partner program of Orbix supporters. One of the new features to be included in the merged product will be the CORBA Wizard, enabling developers to browse a CORBA repository and select the objects with which an application will communicate, with automatic generation of the Java source code needed for connecting to the object. The addition of CORBA should also enable Parts users to build more security into their Web-based database access applications. There were no dates given for the new release.