Larry Ellison, Oracle's chairman, continued to add fuel to the Great Sedona Debate yesterday when he said that he personally prevented it from going to market because he felt it was the wrong product at the wrong time.
He said that he had reviewed the object development environment himself before sending it back to the drawing board, but in the process had put a question mark over the entire project and whether it would ever ship.
"Sedona is a work in progress. It's a next generation development tool. After my personal review, I decided it needed a lot of changes. What made sense in Sedona three years ago, no longer makes sense now. I thought it was inappropriate to release this tool now," he explained.
He added that it did not measure up to Oracle's Developer 2000 relational development tool.
But analysts said there were also holes in Oracle's strategy to make its Oracle 8 database a suitable back-end platform for thin clients and network computers because the product cannot support Java as a stored procedure, which makes it hard for developers to build Java-based applications. There are also no third party Java development tools available that work with Oracle 8.
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