Oracle updates Java toolset

Oracle has released JDeveloper 10g, the latest version of its Java and web services deployment environment, which now includes...

Oracle has released JDeveloper 10g, the latest version of its Java and web services deployment environment, which now includes grid enablement and support for service-oriented architectures.

Other additions to the release include support for web services and compliance with the Web Services Interoperability Organization Basic Profile 1.0, and a productivity layer to simplify development for developers of all skill levels to create Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) applications, called the Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF). It also has support for JEEE 1.4 - which enables web services in Java.

Each release of the JDeveloper toolset has been a work in progress for Oracle toward making it easier for various levels of developers to write code, while also addressing the vast development market, said analyst Thomas Murphy, vice-president of Meta Group.

When JDeveloper first was released it was a standard coding environment, which was great for Java developers but not necessarily as good if the programmer coded in Oracle forms.

"What they’ve been working on is to build a comprehensive toolset that will allow any Oracle customer to sit down and write code and write new servers and components, or sit down and use a very declarative programming model type of system," he said.

Oracle is ranked number three in market share for its application server, behind IBM and BEA Systems.

The company has also announced that it has passed the 20,000 customer mark on its Application Server 10g, adding that it outperformed BEA in the application server market in the most recent quarter.

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