Oracle will deliver the newest upgrade of its jDeveloper tool, Version 2.0, at its OpenWorld conference in November, officials revealed this week.
JDeveloper 2.0, for 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.
That means that 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 allow developers to build components, business logic, and EJBs and then debug and deploy them specifically in databases.
To keep up with the tool's capabilities, at the end of December in conjunction with the arrival of the Oracle8i database, Oracle will also release an upgrade to the Oracle Application Server (OAS) to offer deeper EJB support, including support for both entity and session beans. The server will be called OAS 4.1, Burton said.
Oracle also announced that its WebDB tool will enter public beta this week and be available for trial downloads.
To further sweeten the pot for developers, at the Oracle OpenWorld event in the US Oracle will announce an online program at http://www.oracle.com/ that distributes Oracle's family of tools and server software for nominal prices or for free.
Furthermore, for no fee, developers can join the Oracle Technology Network and get online access to all the software without a built-in time bomb, as long as the servers are not deployed commercially, Burton said.
"This is very accessible and cheap for the developers," Burton said. "We want to make the developers an offer they can't refuse," he said, adding that the program marks one of the only non-time-bombed, free software offers to developers from a major vendor.