Oracle prepares web services-ready development tool

Oracle will release an upgrade of its JDeveloper tool for Java that backs the latest J2EE standard, which focuses on web...

Oracle is to release an upgrade of its JDeveloper tool for Java that backs the latest J2EE standard, which focuses on web services.

Due by the end of the year, JDeveloper 10g will support J2EE 1.4, the web services-enabled variant of J2EE, as well as more visual development and modeling.

This will mean developers do not have to write low-level coding in order to take advantage of J2EE and web services, said John Magee, Oracle vice-president of Application Server and Tools at the OracleWorld conference in San Francisco.

While Oracle is emphasising grid computing with the newly announced 10g versions of the company's application server and database, the 10g version of JDeveloper is not specifically tuned for building grids, Magee said.

But JDeveloper 10g will serve as Oracle's development environment for building services-based applications for the grid, he said.

"Our approach for commercialising technology is we don't think customers should have to get a toolkit for building a grid. We want to build that into our database and application server," Magee said.

JDeveloper is Oracle's high-end development tool for enterprise-level applications. The company with Oracle Database 10g plans to include a database application development tool called HTML DB, for building simpler applications, Magee said.

"You can build database applications as easily as people work with spreadsheets today," he added.

Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld


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