Oracle is expected to announce next month that it will support JavaSoft?s Java Electronic Commerce Framework as the basis of its own e-commerce offering.
The Java Electronic Commerce Framework, which is due to be unveiled this week at the JavaOne conference, will run on Oracle?s own merchant server, codenamed Project Apollo, which is due to ship this summer.
Jenny Edmondson, Oracle?s Internet tools product marketing manager, said: ?We fully support Java at all layers and see it as crucial for the success of electronic commerce. E-commerce won?t succeed without network computers because it needs to have low cost devices at the client end. We?ll support Java in our e-commerce offerings and the Java Shopping Trolley will appear in Project Apollo.?
The Java Electronic Commerce Framework comprises several elements, but is designed to reduce the time it takes developers to build electronic commerce-based applications such as on-line shopping malls or home banking packages.
Users write their packages to the Java Commerce application programming interfaces (APIs) using version 1.1 of the Java Developer?s Kit.
This enables consumers to download cassettes, which are developed by third parties such as banks. A cassette is a Java applet that is installed on a consumer?s machine to implement the necessary protocol - such as Mondex - for a given transaction - such as a credit card payment - to take place.
Cassettes are digitally signed by the bank so that each one has its own authorised attributes, and they reside on either a customer?s desktop or a bank?s server, where they complete the customer?s transaction.
The APIs also include a database that securely holds personal information such as credit card numbers and enable the development of secure payment mechanisms.
But, to make development easier, JavaSoft has packaged up the APIs into the Java Commerce Toolkit. This includes the Java Wallet, which is the graphical user interface that consumers use to undertake their transactions, the Java Shopping Cart, which is an applet that marks the items a consumer has selected before completing their transaction, and documentation and sample code.
The Java Electronic Commerce Framework is due to ship this month.
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