Oracle to launch VRML technology with Web application server

Oracle will launch its Oracle Worlds VRML (virtual reality modeling language) database viewing technology next week, enabling database users to dynamically view data held in relational databases in VRML's 3D format.

Oracle will launch its Oracle Worlds VRML (virtual reality modeling language) database viewing technology next week, a company official says.

Oracle Worlds, to be released on April 29, is based on the Network Computing Architecture (NCA) and is a cartridge or software component that enables database users to dynamically view data held in relational databases in VRML's 3D format, according to Magnus Lonnroth, principal product manager for Oracle's Internet server technologies.

Oracle Worlds, co-developed by Silicon Graphics, provides the ability to generate VRML content based on SQL statements embedded within the VRML interface, Lonnroth says.

VRML application authors create Oracle Worlds charts by generating a VRML file using any standard VRML authoring tool. Authors can then import the file into the Oracle Worlds Data Repository using the Oracle World Manager, a stand-alone utility that specifies which components of the 3D environment are to be generated dynamically on the server side. The authors can select a specific node and field within the VRML world and constructs a SQL statement to generate the field's value.

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