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September 23, 1997updated 03 Sep 2016 1:54pm


By CBR Staff Writer

As part of its OpenWorld festivities in Los Angeles, Oracle Corp described some of the Java-based database application development technologies it’s working on which supersede the abandoned Basic language Sedona toolset, though they’re not going to be generally available as an integrated suite until at least the middle of next year. Java applets won’t execute in the Oracle 8 database until late next year when Oracle ships a Java virtual machine. With Oracle 8.1 in place of Sedona Oracle’s creating a Java IDE integrated development environment for creating, customizing and re-using what Oracle calls Java Business Objects that can be stored in the database, plus a repository to manage development and deployment and store re-usable information about the objects. Java IDE and associated tools are being built around the Borland International JBuilder Java development environment which Oracle has licensed. A future integrated suite of Oracle developer tools will include Java Business Objects, Java IDE, plus tools for modeling 4GL database types and 3GL component programs as well as future versions of the Designer/2000 and Developer/2000 application design and generation tools. However Oracle 8 users aren’t going to be able to create applications that utilize objects and extended data types stored in the database until Oracle ships its ODD Object Database Designer now due around the end of the first quarter (CI No 3,226). The existing developer tools, Java IDE and ODD will all be migrated to use a shared repository environment. Java Business Objects are due to beta next spring and ship in summer 1998. Java IDE will be delivered by the end of this year. The repository will released with Java Business Objects but won’t be integrated with the Developer/2000 and Designer/2000 until early 1999. It plans also to create an Java-based database query tool that supports SQL, and integrate a Java virtual machine with the Oracle 8.1 release due late next year so that Java applets can be executed directly in the database. It’s re-architecting its Oracle enterprise management tool in Java. Oracle InterOffice 4.1, due within 60 days will add the front-end Java applications the company has been developing under the code name Hat Trick, including a word processor, calendar and spreadsheet. It also provides asynchronous store and forward features for email and enables developers to add email, web, discussion and internet search capabilities to new and existing applications. Oracle’s Applications can be Java- and web-enabled using the Oracle Developer/2000 application generator and reverse engineering toolset (CI No 3,225). Meantime, Oracle announced two JDBC Java database connectors are now available for use with Oracle 7.3.4. There are two types, one for developers creating client/server applications with Java-based middle tiers, the other a thin client version for developers writing applications which access Oracle database through web browsers. They’re both free of charge.


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