Oracle Simplifies Java Development

Oracle Application Development Framework lets developers of different skill levels select the best development schemes that match their skills.

SAN FRANCISCO—Tying into a major theme of the here this week, Oracle Corp. Tuesday previewed its new Application Development Framework, a feature of the companys next version of its Oracle9i JDeveloper tool that will enable developers to more easily develop enterprise Java applications.

With simplicity in Java development a goal, Oracle ADF represents a pluggable architecture that enables developers to use it with existing code and other Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) entities such as Enterprise JavaBeans, JavaServer Pages, Java Server Faces, Business Components for Java (BC4J) and other technology to develop applications.

Essentially, Oracle ADF lets developers of different skill levels select the best development schemes that match their skills, the company said. The new version of Oracle9i JDeveloper, to be known as Version 9.0.5, will enable developers to personalize their development environment without getting locked into a single vendors product line or methodology. The ADF feature also automatically generates infrastructure code and enforces use of best practices, the company said.

In addition, the new Oracle development tool will feature what Oracle refers to as Technology Scopes, which are user-defined profiles of how a developer wishes to create an application. For instance, a developer could choose to use an object-oriented programming approach, visual modeling using the Unified Modeling Language or other methods and build on Linux, Unix or Windows. Or a user could choose to create Web services, employing the popular Web services standards, the company said. And Oracle ADF automatically generates XML files that give specific information about the application, its structure and business rules.

Oracle9i JDeveloper 9.0.5 also enables developers to mold their Technology Scopes into a frozen, reusable environment called MyJDeveloper, which the developer can standardize for use throughout his organization, Oracle said.

A developers preview of the code will be available in the first quarter of next year, company officials said.

In addition, Oracle announced the launch of its Oracle Portal Verification Service, a new service based on Oracle9i Application Server that will enable portal developers and independent software vendors to test the interoperability of their Web applications with the most up-to-date Java and Web services portal interoperability standards. The coverage of the service includes both the current draft specifications for the Web Services for Remote Portals (WSRP) from the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), and the Java Specification Request (JSR) 168 standard that is in review by the Java Community Process (JCP).