IBM's involvement in the Harmony project,
an effort to make an open-source version of the Java Platform,
"In the past week, IBM has dedicated an employee to working with the proposed open-source project, which is being done at the Apache Software Foundation, said Rod Smith, vice president of advanced technology at IBM.
At this point, IBM's participation is limited to thoughts on design, but the company likely will contribute code to the project, Smith said.
"I think you'll see some code down the road. I'm sure you will. But right now, it's getting involved in some of the ideas and design they're trying to put together," he said.
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