NeXT finally joins OMG consortium

by Connie Guglielmo

San Francisco Recognizing that it is part of a larger object world, NeXT last month officially joined the Object Management Group (OMG) during the Object World Conference held here.

Established in 1989, OMG is a consortium dedicated to creating standards for portability and interoperability of code among object-oriented environments. NeXT was one of the only major system vendors not to have joined the 200-member group.

The company said it hopes to contribute technology to help OMG define its Object Services standard. NeXT also has plans to specify the language bindings from OMG's Interface Definition Language to Objective-C, which would in effect make NeXTSTEP objects conform to OMG's object model.