Oracle acquires WebGain tools

Oracle has acquired WebGain's TopLink family of tools for Java developers, the software maker announced.

Oracle has acquired WebGain's TopLink family of tools for Java developers, the software maker announced.

TopLink tools simplify the linking of applications to a database by allowing Java developers to map Java objects to the database. Now the developer can focus on the application, instead of the infrastructure underneath, saidan Oracle spokeswoman.

Oracle developers are keen on seeing Oracle expand and improve its Java developer offerings, with European developers especially looking for mapping and modelling tools.

Oracle's existing 9i JDeveloper "is not as good as it could be", said Rolf Scheuch, chief technology officer of Optiz Consulting.

Scheuch would like Oracle to improve the Unified Modeling Language (UML) integration in JDeveloper.

"TopLink is a good step. Oracle bought one of the most important object relation database mapping tools available. This fills a gap in Oracle's offering," Scheuch said.

As part of the acquisition, about 90 WebGain staff who sell, support and develop TopLink, are now Oracle employees. Most of the TopLink team worked at WebGain in Canada, according to Oracle.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Oracle will continue to support the 400 of the 700 licensed TopLink customers that were supported by WebGain.

TopLink tools should be available for free download on Oracle's Technology Network, the spokeswoman said.

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