Oracle touts grids, SOAs with developer tool

Oracle on Wednesday will ship Oracle JDeveloper 10g, which is a version of its Java and Web services development environment that the company says features grid enablement and support for SOAs (service-oriented architectures).

Also included in JDeveloper 10g are Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF), which is a productivity layer intended to simplify development, and compliance with the Web Services Interoperability Organization Basic Profile 1.0 document for building interoperable Web services, according to Oracle.

With JDeveloper 10g, no programming changes are needed to build an application that will run across a grid, according to Oracle officials. “What JDeveloper 10g gives you is additional enhancements and optimizations, which allow you to deploy more componentized, service-based applications, which are more reusable,” and work in grid environments, said Rob Cheng, product marketing director for application server tools.

To boost grid support, the product uses support of Web services standards and declarative techniques to take Java applications and publish them as Web services, Cheng said. In addition to supporting WS-I Basic Profile, the tool also supports J2EE 1.4, which has been referred to as the Web services-enabled version of J2EE. ADF, meanwhile, features a set of runtime libraries that help Java developers focus more on business logic of their applications instead of on the technology, Cheng said.

An analyst said Oracle was ahead of vendors such as IBM and Sun in providing a complete offering around SOAs in its development tool. “Oracle has combined together the framework for grid, all of the Web services pieces and components, on top of their already-strong IDE [integrated development environment],” said analyst Tom Murphy, vice president of Meta Group. “They’re kind of the first one to put everything together.”

Oracle’s grid strategy, however, is focused on Oracle grid technologies rather than on mixing with systems based on other vendors’ grid systems, Murphy said. Other vendors eyeing grid also concentrate on single-vendor solutions, he added. Oracle is touting its Oracle10g database as a basis for computing grids.

Oracle JDeveloper 10g is available for US$995 per named user.

Oracle officials also said the company outperformed BEA in the application server market in the most recent quarter, with the Oracle Application Server. But Murphy said Meta’s numbers give IBM 35 percent of the installed base of Java application servers, followed by BEA Systems at 25 percent, and Oracle at around 18 percent to 20 percent.

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