Oracle readies 9i tools suite

Oracle on Tuesday will announce general availability of Oracle9i Developer Suite, which enables Java, XML, and SQL developers to build applications for transactional and analytical purposes, according to the company.

Team-based development also is supported through a tool called Software Configuration Manager, for managing development teams.

The suite features Oracle9i JDeveloper and supports J2EE, XML, and Web services standards, the company said. Applications can be built to be interoperable across multiple operating systems and devices, from Web browsers to mobile systems. The suite is built to function with the Oracle 9i Application Server and database of the same designation.

Business intelligence functions in the suite include Business Intelligence Beans, for implementing analysis capabilities in Java; Clickstream Intelligence Builder, for measuring Web traffic and improving site effectiveness; Discover, an ad hoc query reporting tool; Reports Developer, an enterprise reporting tool; and Warehouse Builder, for deploying data warehouses, data marts, and business intelligence applications.

An Oracle executive touted the Business Intelligence Beans functionality.

"What we have done here is delivered this functionality as reusable JavaBeans components so that a Java developer can drop them into their existing Java applications, because [the components] are built around this JavaBeans component model," said John Magee, Oracle senior director of Oracle9i product marketing, in Redwood Shores, Calif.

"We really think it is going to make it a lot easier for Java developers to include business intelligence functionality in their applications without having to set up a separate server architecture," Magee said.

Java and PL/SQL application development tools in the suite include: JDeveloper, a Java, XML, and SQL development environment; Forms Developer, a rapid application development tool; Designer, for modeling and generating requirements and design of database applications; and Software Configuration Manager.

The suite will be available for US$5,000 per developer from the Oracle Store.

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