Oracle plans to Java-enable its entire product line, with the first big step being the introduction of J/SQL in Oracle8.
J/SQL will enable developers to embed SQL statements into their applications for the first time, rather than have to rely on JDBC database access middleware. This means users will be able to access and store Java-based applications natively in an Oracle database.
A pre-compiler for the SQL/Java hybrid is due to go into beta in the first quarter of 1997, but J/SQL itself is unlikely to appear before the first iteration or later of Oracle8, due in the middle of next year.
Andy Bailey, Oracle?s product marketing manager, said: ?Some people accused us of being proprietary because we only offered PL/SQL for developers doing object programming. But, now we?re giving developers a choice of both, so noone can accuse us of that any more.?
He added that Oracle was likely to submit J/SQL to the Object Management Group (OMG) for ratification as a standard.
The database vendor has also promised that its Corba-based Network Computing Architecture, which is being incorporated into Oracle?s entire product family, will support Java.
But, since Java objects are unable to communicate with Corba objects, Oracle is currently working with Sun on a mechanism to enable this, something which, Bailey said, may be submitted to the OMG in due course.
The firm is also developing a Java Virtual Machine (VM) that will sit in all of its products, including the database and its applications. The VM will support both J/SQL and PL/SQL.
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