Sedona - the next-generation application development platform which Oracle Corporation has long said would ship alongside its Oracle8 database software - may never ship at all now.
Sedona's fate was sealed when Oracle's own application development team refused to use a near-final version of the software.
The news came from Oracle chairman Larry Ellison, during a Q&A session at the end of a day-long executive briefing at the Oracle HQ in Redwood Shores, California. Oracle officials had hedged around the question of Sedona earlier in the day.
"I'll be honest here," said Ellison. "It was my decision. The Sedona team sent the version to our internal application development team. There was some dispute and I took the position that we're not going to release products that our application development group isn't involved with."
Ellison said Sedona's lack of Java support, and the fact that existing tools such as Oracle Developer/2000 and Designer/2000 could still be used to create Oracle 8 applications also contributed to the decision. Sedona could now be delayed by six to 18 months or may never get a release at all, said Ellison. Oracle8 pre-compilers, supporting object-relational features and object cache, are expected to be announced at the official Oracle8 release on June 24.