Oracle touts grids and SOAs with developer tool

Oracle will ship Oracle JDeveloper 10g, which is a version of its Java and Web services development environment which the company...

Oracle will ship Oracle JDeveloper 10g, which is a version of its Java and web services development environment which the company claims features grid enablement and support for SOAs (service-oriented architectures). 

The JDeveloper 10g also includes Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF),  which is a productivity layer intended to simplify development, and compliance with the Web Services Interoperability Organisation Basic Profile 1.0 document for building interoperable web services.

With JDeveloper 10g, no programming changes are needed to build an application that will run across a grid.

“What JDeveloper 10g gives you is additional enhancements and optimisations, which allow you to deploy more componentised, service-based applications, which are more reusable [and work in grid environments]," said Rob Cheng, product marketing director for application server tools.

To boost grid support, the product uses support of web services standards and declarative techniques to take Java applications and publish them as web services, Cheng said.

In addition to supporting WS-I Basic Profile, the tool also supports J2EE 1.4, which has been referred to as the web services-enabled version of J2EE.

ADF, meanwhile, features a set of runtime libraries that help Java developers focus more on business logic of their applications instead of on the technology, Cheng said.

Oracle is ahead of suppliers such as IBM and Sun in providing a complete offering around SOAs in its development tool, said analyst Tom Murphy, vice-president of Meta Group.

“Oracle has combined together the framework for grid, all of the web services pieces and components, on top of their already-strong IDE [integrated development environment],” Murphy said. “They’re kind of the first one to put everything together.”

Oracle’s grid strategy, however, is focused on Oracle grid technologies rather than on mixing with systems based on other suppliers’ grid systems, Murphy said.

Other suppliers eyeing grid also concentrate on single-supplier solutions, he added. Oracle is touting its Oracle10g database as a basis for computing grids.

Oracle JDeveloper 10g is available for $995 (£556) per named user.

Paul Krill writes for Infoworld

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