Database giant Oracle yesterday unveiled another piece of its Oracle Technology Network (OTN) developer network, a free online conference known as iDevelop2001.
Oracle, which has been holding physical iDevelop conferences for years, decided to create an online complement which will be available for no charge, and which will be set up like a traditional conference with multiple tracks to follow, a virtual exhibition floor, and training in XML (extensible markup Language), Java and SQL (structured query language) techniques, said Rene Bonvanie, vice president of OTN and Oracle9i. Unlike physical conferences, iDevelop2001 will continue running for the foreseeable future.
"Developers can take all this information, get access to development tools, and start to engage in the community," Bonvanie said.
The iDevelop2001 conference will focus mainly on Java, XML, SOAP (simple object access protocol) and, of course Oracle9i, the next version of the company's database which is due mid-year. "However, it will also cover things like Web services," Bonvanie added.
The iDevelop2001 conference will be open to anyone, and will feature live chats, discussion forums, online training and virtual exhibits from partner companies.
Oracle's next step will be to launch a "collaborative system where developers can work on code that will be shared by the community," Bonvanie said.
IDevelop2001 can be accessed at http://otn.oracle.com/idevelop/.