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June 25, 2008

IONA sold to progress, time to 'wake' the company

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Shall we 'wake' IONA with a gathering  Toners? To mark the passing of Ireland's own software first. So many firsts too! University spawned professorial entrepreneurship, EU R&D funding done good (Espirt), Ireland's biggest home grown success on the international stage. IONA's Orbix defined the market and field for common object request broker architectures (CORBA). A run away success  built on the back of open standards (OMG, TOG). Software which bridged between different computing architectures, from legacy mainframe to miniscule real time operating systems, even, yes even COM-CORBA bridging.

But not only all of that stuff. IONA was FUN. As they say, the craic was mighty, it was young, intense, uncluttered, it had a scholarly leader who wrote software. It was just great, for a long long while.

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