Redwood Shores, CA (April 15, 1998) -- Surprise,
surprise: It is Java all around and everywhere at Oracle Corp.
As expected, Oracle today announced that it will integrate Sun
Microsystems Inc.'s Java programming language with its database,
applications and development tools, saying the language lowers
deployment costs, simplifies operations and increases access to data
Oracle will serve up Java in various blends, roasts and flavors with
and without milk, company executives said, adding the company is not
"into religion here."
"It's about integrating front and back office applications with a data
warehouse to allow for more efficient decision making," said Mark
Jarvis, Oracle's vice president of systems products, speaking at the
Java Strategy Day held at the company's shiny headquarters here.
Oracle, the closest ally of Sun Microsystems in its quest to turn Java
into a ubiquitous programming and application environment, outlined a
Java roadmap for 1998. This calls for Java support in virtually all of
the company's products and tools and across its three-tiered Network
Computing Architecture including clients, applications servers and
database servers, Jarvis said.
Specifics of Oracle's plans include the following:
- Oracle 8.1, the upcoming upgrade of the company's flagship database
due out at the end of the year will feature Java support. Oracle 8.1
will feature a Java execution environment inside the database server
and a Java Virtual Machine. In addition the database server will run
Enterprise Java Beans (EJB) internally, allowing clients and components
to directly access the database. Also new will be support to and from
the database server of the CORBA/IIOP (Common Object Request Broker
Architecture and Internet InterOrb Protocol) object request broker
framework for component interaction. Oracle also said it will put Java
on par with its current SQL and PL/SQL database programming languages,
in an attempt to reduce the amount of code programmers have to learn
- In order to allow developers to begin building Java applications
that will run inside the database Oracle is shipping the software
developers kit for Oracle8 release 8.1. today.
- On the applications front Oracle said it will "rebuild" its
applications using its Oracle Designer 2000 and Developer 2000 tools,
in order to support Java across the three-tier architecture, while
enhancing the underlying business logic of the applications using EJBs
on the database or application servers, said Peter Heller, director of
product marketing at Oracle's applications unit. Java-enabling Oracle's
applications -- a US$1.5 billion business for Oracle -- allows them to
support a larger user population, lowers operational cost and network
traffic and reduces desktop administration cost to zero, since Java
applets are down-loaded to the client as needed, Heller said.
- Available today is the company's JDeveloper Suite 1.0, featuring the
company's AppBuilder for Java, the Oracle Application Server 4.0 and
Oracle 8 Data Server and Symantec's Visual Page HTML editor. The suite
lets users build server-based applications that move application logic
from the client to the applications server. The suite is integrated
with the Oracle Applications Server 4.0 and offers embedded Java DBC
drivers for Java native links to Oracle 7 and 8 databases. Pricing
information was not available.
- In the third quarter of 1998, Oracle will offer an Oracle Lite
version of its database server which will run on PDAs and other thin
clients, Jarvis said.
- In the fourth quarter of this year Oracle will offer new versions of
its Applications Builder for Java 2.0 and Developer 2000 for Java,
--Torsten Busse is a correspondent for the IDG News Service, a SunWorld affiliate
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