Oracle Ready to Challenge

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2002-03-26 Print this article Print

?"> Oracle Ready to Challenge? Oracle, whose CEO, Larry Ellison, leveled a challenge to BEA Systems Inc. at last years JavaOne, is back this year with a new Oracle 9iAS Portal Developers Kit, a new J2ME Developers Kit and new services on the Oracle developer network, said John Magee, senior director of Oracle 9iAS product marketing. Magee said Oracle also will share positive results of its emergence on the application server front.
BEA, however, said it has not begun to see Oracle as a challenge in the application server arena.
John Kiger, BEAs director of product marketing, said BEA will be submitting its recently released WebLogic Workshop development tool -- formerly code-named Cajun -- to the Java Community Process as a standard method of developing and deploying Web services. The San Jose, Calif., company is offering its technology "to simplify the development of Web services and J2EE development," Kiger said. Simon Phipps, Suns chief technology evangelist, said he has not seen a vendor offer up a complete development environment to the JCP as a standard, but said he saw nothing wrong with it in principle. However, Phipps wondered whether more good might be served if the technology were simply "open sourced." Iona Corp. is making several announcements at the show, said John Rymer, the companys director of marketing. Iona, whose U.S. headquarters are in Waltham, Mass., will announce its Orbix E2A XMLBus Edition 5.1, which supports compound Web services and includes a UDDI registry. Iona is also announcing Version 5.1 of its application server and a new security framework that incorporates customers own security systems and features XML encryption and signature, Rymer said. Systinet Corp., of Cambridge, Mass., announced two new products: its WASP (Web Applications and Services Platform) Developer for Eclipse and WASP Security. WASP Developer for Eclipse automates the process of creating Web services and turns IBMs open-source Eclipse development environment into an environment for Web services creation, debugging, publishing and discovery, said Systinet CTO Anne Thomas Manes. WASP Security is a Web services security implementation based on the SAML standard, Manes added. And IBM announced new configurations of its WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Studio development toolset that support the creation and deployment of more sophisticated Web services applications, said Scott Cosby, manager of IBMs WebSphere Process Integration Team. The products – both Version 4.1 -- support Suns JCA for its integration capabilities. In addition, IBM announced a new WebSphere UDDI Registry. IBMs enhancements and new technology represent the move "into another phase of Web services where we require more business support that involves transactions, security and workflow," Cosby said. "The first step to do that is integration," he said. "This allows you to define and build out the complex Web services that are necessary." Related stories:
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    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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