Database suppliers are claiming that their decision to support Java triggers and stored procedures will reduce skills shortages and vendor lock-in. Sybase has promised it will add support for the technology in its Adaptive Server Anywhere mobile database by April, and in the Enterprise edition by the end of the year. Enterprise Java Beans support will also be provided in the same timescales. Oracle plans to add Java stored procedures support in version 8.1 of its offering, which is due to go into beta in the second half of this year, for shipment by the start of next. Oracle Lite already includes such support. But, both suppliers claim the move will reduce vendor lock-in and skills shortages in relation to individual databases because developers will no longer need to programme in proprietary flavours of SQL. Richard Harvey, Sybase's database marketing manager, said: "I don't believe Java stored procedures make the server more portable, but they do make the code in the server more portable. If people are building the business logic in Java rather than SQL, there is less lock-in. It also means skills are more portable, but customers will still choose their database to meet specific requirements." Kieran Kilmartin, Oracle's tools marketing manager, believed the move would provide users with more peace of mind and enable them to take better advantage of the heterogeneous databases they already have in their enterprise. "It will provide an opportunity to have a team that can write and share Java code rather than each one working on his own proprietary version of SQL," he explained.
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