Oracle has unveiled a raft of Internet services to compete with Microsoft's .Net initiative.
The range, available now, includes Oracle 9i Dynamic Services which will enable developers to create catalogues and manage e-business Web services. It can be used for portals, wireless Internet and intranet applications.
It can also build Web services that aggregate information from Web sites and databases.
Oracle's other new main offering, Portal.Oracle.com, is a hosted environment allowing developers to build portals online free of charge.
But the launch has received a lukewarm reception from some analysts who believe the Oracle initiative is a rushed response to Microsoft's .Net initiative, which was launched earlier this year. Microsoft's .Net strategy offers software and services over the Internet.