The Object Management Group’s efforts to get different object request brokers to interoperate may be stealing the limelight, but that does not mean the organisation is neglecting its work on object services or language mappings to its Interface Definition Language. Sources say interested parties will submit a single merged specification for object transaction services and object relationship services to the Object Group at its next meeting in Pittsburgh on June 28 and 29. Specifications for the above services as well as security services are expected to be passed by the end of the year. The Group has also just adopted its fourth object service, the Persistent Object Service, which will become part of the COSS Common Object Services Specification. Incidentally, the first published volume of the Common Object Services Specification will be available from the Object Group for $50 at the end of June. Meanwhile, Object Group members will also vote on issuing a Request for Proposals for a Cobol mapping to Interface Definition Language at Pittsburgh, and if all goes well, the specification should be ready by the end of the year. The organisation expects to have agreed on a specification for C++ and Smalltalk mappings to Interface Definition Language within the next two months, while the US Federal Government is said to be working on an Ada binding to the Language.