The bundling agreement will make it easier to develop and deploy Web applications for network computing, according to the companies.
Applications developed using Oracle Lite together with Netscape's applications will ideally result in users working offline, but accessing applications via a browser as though they are on the Internet, according to Mark Jarvis, vice president of the server markting division at Oracle. Via a browser, users will be able to replicate information from a server while on the network and store the information locally in the Oracle Lite database. Oracle paints Oracle Lite's size as its main advantage. Since it needs only 700Kb of memory, it can fit onto a mobile phone or a handheld device as well as a laptop PC.
Oracle Lite is a client-side database that needs less than 1Mb of memory and less than 2.5Mb of hard-disk space. It is specifically designed for mobile and embedded applications that need to be synchronized with central database servers. It supports a range of development languages and tools, such as Java, C/C++, Oracle tools, Microsoft Corp.'s Visual Basic, Powersoft Corp.'s PowerBuilder and Borland International Inc.'s Delphi.