Oracle to add Java support on all fronts

Oracle will announce in two weeks at Internet World '97 in New York a series of technologies that Java-enable Oracle products, from the smallest database to the largest enterprise application. Oracle's enterprise and vertical applications will be Java-enabled and will ship for the network computer at the end of this month. Oracle's more than 35 application modules include human resources, financials, and manufacturing. The company worked directly with Sun's JavaSoft division on the project.

Oracle will announce in two weeks at Internet World '97 in New York a series of technologies that Java-enable Oracle products, from the smallest database to the largest enterprise application.

The company will announce that its enterprise and vertical applications will be Java-enabled and will ship for the network computer at the end of this month. Oracle's more than 35 application modules include human resources, financials, and manufacturing.

Oracle worked directly with Sun's JavaSoft division so that the Java development language could handle the complexity of Oracle's enterprise applications, according to Oracle sources.

The database giant also will announce that its first version of Oracle Applications 11.0, expected to ship early in 1998, will be enabled exclusively in Java. A client/server version may become available later if customers demand it.

The tools group will unveil at the show its packaging of Borland's JBuilder Java development environment, along with enterprise components for integration with Oracle's application and database platforms, officials confirmed.

Oracle's tools group also will detail its long-term Java development plans and will supply road maps for its Developer/2000 and Designer/2000 tools. As part of the Internet World presentations, the company will highlight the toolsets' recently bolstered Java support in their respective 2.0 releases.

Separately, the company's middleware group is abandoning the Visigenic VisiBroker object request broker (ORB) -- now from Borland -- it licensed just nine months ago and is readying its own home-grown ORB, sources said. Oracle's plans call for the ORB to be tightly integrated with the company's server platforms.

Oracle database products expected to be unveiled at Internet World include Oracle 8.0.4, an incremental release featuring support of the J/SQL and Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) standards, and Personal Oracle Lite 3.0, a previously announced version of Oracle's desktop database, Oracle sources said.

Oracle 8.0.4 contains production code for J/SQL and JDBC, which are standards for linking Java applications to databases. The previous version of the Oracle database, Version 8.0.3, contained beta code for implementing these standards. By utilizing production code, the new version promises improved support, a source said. Oracle 8.0.4 is due to ship by the middle of this month.

Personal Oracle Lite 3.0, a small-footprint database that has been supported on Windows and Macintosh systems is slated to ship this month and will support Java-based stored procedures and bidirectional replication with Oracle8. The database also is expected to run on NCs, according to a source familiar with Oracle's plans.

Oracle also is expected to detail an agreement to link Personal Lite with Netscape products. Oracle officials declined to comment on this.

Oracle Corp., in Redwood Shores, California, is at +1 (650) 506-7000.

(Paul Krill contributed to this article.)

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