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.
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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.