Ellison: The Internet is all about size

Java technology has arrived and is positioned for growth in the Internet-based computing industry, Oracle chief executive officer Larry Ellison said during his keynote yesterday at Oracle's iDevelop '99 conference here.

"The good news is that Java is a great new technology and the bad news is that Java is a great new technology," said Ellison. The bad part is that because the technology is relatively new, Java development tools still need perfecting.

The software company will continue to perfect its Java offerings, he said, adding that "Our version of Java is different, because it supports more users, it's more reliable and more secure".

Oracle is the only company in the world to have 100 per cent Internet-based software, according to Ellison. "The Net is the way to access information and applications. There is nothing that anyone can do to change that," he said during a question and answer session.

"The Net is all about big and we test everything for scalability," he boasted.

Oracle and Microsoft have completely different ideas about where the computing industry is headed. "Microsoft's (client/server) vision is flawed," Ellison said, adding that "decentralised complexity is a bad idea."

The whole concept of client/server hinders executives' ability to do their job, Ellison said. "We have been seduced by little servers because they are inexpensive and easy to run, but they do not work effectively to allow people to communicate with each other."

Ellison restated Oracle's commitment to offer vendors "centralised complexity" and consolidated data globally, through the Internet or intranets.

Also at iDevelop '99 yesterday, Oracle announced:

-- Oracle JDeveloper 2.0, a tool that supports server -side Java standards.

-- Oracle Business Components for Java, software that enables developers to build business components and customise applications.

-- Oracle Technology Network (OTN) for Partners, an area of the OTN Web site created for independent software vendors building Oracle applications for resale.

-- Oracle WebDB 2.0, Oracle Developer 6.0 and Oracle Designer 6.0, which are upgrades to Oracle's Internet Development tools that allow users to build applications for the Internet.

Oracle, located at Redwood Shores, California, can be reached at +1-650-506-700 or at http://www.oracle.com/.

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