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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2005-03-04 Print this article Print

Meanwhile, Oracle Friday will announce the availability of Oracle Application Server EJB 3.0 Preview, which enables Java application developers to obtain hands-on experience with this latest specification that is aimed at simplifying application development, the company said. Farrell said with the EJB 3.0 Preview, Oracle delivers the most comprehensive implementation of the EJB 3.0 specification available today. Oracles is the only implementation that offers testability outside of the container and demonstrates how to migrate from EJB 2.1 to EJB 3.0 to make it easier on developers, he said.
However, Oracle JDeveloper, a Java and Web services platform, and Oracle TopLink, a Java object-to-relational persistence architecture, also will leverage the EJB 3.0 specification, Farrell said. The EBJ 3.0 Preview is free for download here.
In addition, Farrell said the Oracle offering has four rendering kits: an HTML kit, a rich-client kit, a mobile kit and a Telnet rendering kit. Also, Beta 3 of the companys EJB Server comes "with EJB 3.0 in it, so you can download it for free," Farrell said. Moreover, speaking about the recent news that BEA, Borland Software Corp. and others, including Sybase Inc. and Computer Associates International Inc., had joined or taken on new roles in the Eclipse Foundation, Farrell said: "Its not surprising to see. Borland was a founding member, and they always had plans to take on a larger role whenever the organization went independent. BEA didnt have a real tools strategy, and they had to do something. There were hardly any customers who had just [BEA WebLogic] Workshop … they had Workshop and something else. But if you look at it, Borland still has a dual-stack strategy like ours with JDeveloper." Farrell was referring to Borlands pledge to continue to support its own proprietary Java integrated development environment as well as support Eclipse. This is akin to what Oracle is doing with its proprietary JDeveloper while also serving as an Eclipse member. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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