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Oracle spices up JDeveloper with SOA support

Oracle Corp. today unveiled a new JDeveloper package that features improved support for Web services.

Oracle Corp. today released the latest version of its JDeveloper 10g development environment, which features additional support for service-oriented architectures (SOAs).

JDeveloper 10g has a new layer of technology geared for grid and SOA technologies to make application creation easier, according to Ted Farrell, Oracle's chief architect and director of strategy for data tools.

The new package will allow developers to tap into current SOAs so they can build applications from a set of shared business services, Farrell said.

Oracle said the development tool was enhanced so that developers of all levels can create J2EE applications and Web services.

"Oracle's is the only productivity framework that runs on other people's application servers," Farrell said. "We believe in standards and we're committed to supporting a heterogeneous environment."

Following an industry-wide trend, Oracle sells low-cost programming tools with the hope that clients will use the tools to build software that runs on Oracle's server and DBMS, said Tom Murphy, an analyst with Stamford, Conn.-based Meta Group.

Developers can use the toolset to create business applications using J2EE or PL/SQL, which is Oracle's native database development language, Murphy said.

"When the majority of the market is out there looking for tools, Oracle isn't the first place they tend to look." Murphy said. "But Oracle is packaging a lot into the base product, so if you've got an Oracle database, you've got everything you need for XML, Web services and a service oriented architecture."

Oracle also touted its new Application Server 10g in today's announcement, saying it now has more than 20,000 customers.

While IBM and BEA hold the largest stake in the application server market, Meta Group said recently that Oracle will close the gap during the next six to nine months.

Oracle said an evaluation copy of the development toolset can be downloaded from its Web site. Oracle 10g JDeveloper costs $995 per named user.


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Oracle JDeveloper 10g is availablefor free download at the Oracle Technology Network Web site.

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