Oracle's object-oriented programming environment, code-named Sedona, is officially dead.
"Sedona will not be released," says Dennis Moore, Oracle's vice president of marketing for development tools. Following an intensive investigation of the project, which was launched three years ago, Oracle decided to pull the plug, Moore says.
"The reason is that the way Sedona was originally designed using DCOM, Windows NT and Basic will not produce what we intended, which is zero-administration thin clients, scaleable applications servers."
Elements of Sedona will be incorporated into Oracle's other development tools, namely Developer 2000 and Designer 2000, Moore says.
"Our language and component strategy will be focused on Java and CORBA instead," he says, adding that Java, Java Beans and the Common Object Request Broker Model (CORBA) are producing the results Oracle wants.
"Java and CORBA, unlike Basic and DCOM, gives you cross-platform programming capabilities that make your code reusable on all types of platforms and clients," he says. "You can build applications faster using CORBA, it is open and standards-based, and you can call DCOM from CORBA anytime, while it is not that well-defined the other way around."
Moore says that while "DCOM is the component model for personal computing, CORBA is the component model for network computing."
The cancellation of Sedona was not unexpected, since Oracle's CEO Larry Ellison put the project on hold several weeks ago.
Moore says Oracle has learned a tremendous amount from the project, knowledge the company will apply elsewhere.
"Of course it is always better to learn and produce a product,which is what we wanted to do. So in that sense we didn't succeed, but we've gained a tremendous amount of knowledge."