Oracle will deliver the newest upgrade of its jDeveloper tool, Version 2.0, at the November 9 Oracle OpenWorld conference, according to Oracle officials.
JDeveloper 2.0, on Windows NT only, will feature support for building Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) beyond the technology offered in the current release of the EJB specification, said Jeremy Burton, application server and tools marketing manager at Oracle.
"If you know Java, you can get started with jDeveloper and EJB," Burton said.
Session and entity Beans
That means jDeveloper users can create both session and entity Beans for use on EJB-supporting application servers. Oracle's use of the tool is designed to let developers build components, business logic, and EJBs and then debug and deploy them specifically in databases.
To keep up with the tool's capabilities, Oracle will at the end of December, in conjunction with the arrival of the Oracle8i database, also release an upgrade to the Oracle Application Server (OAS) to offer deeper EJB support, including support for both session and entity Beans. The server will be called OAS 4.1, Burton said.
Oracle also announced that its WebDB tool has entered public beta testing and is available for trial downloads.
To further sweeten the pot for developers, at its OpenWorld event in San Francisco Oracle will unveil an online program that distributes its family of tools and server software for nominal prices or free.
For example, a $US5 trial licence fee will get developers a 60-day trial use of "all Oracle software", Burton said. Also, for no fee, developers can join the Oracle Technology Network and get online access to all of the software without a built-in time bomb, as long as the servers are not deployed commercially, Burton said. Receiving the same software on CD will cost $US150 per year.
"This is very accessible and cheap for the developers," Burton said. "We want to make the developers an offer they can't refuse," and the program marks one of the only free software offers to developers from a major vendor that is not time-bombed.
The software available to participating developers will also include early releases and beta releases for their perusal and implementation, Burton said.