Oracle?s announcement that it has killed off its Sedona object tools project has led to mounting speculation that it will acquire Forte Software.
Analysts said that the move would make sense because both suppliers? product sets support the Corba object specification, so it would not be a massive task to make them work together seamlessly.
But the decision to axe Sedona - which would have provided an object development environment for the Oracle8 database - means that users will have no tailored tools to create such applications until at least the end of the year.
They will still have to rely on third generation languages such as C++ or partial solutions based on third party tools, such as Rational Software?s Rational Rose analysis and design products.
But Kieran Kilmartin, Oracle?s tools marketing manager, said: ?There is no truth in the rumours about Forte. I can?t see why we would buy it because it has no Java strategy, which is another year away, and the product was not designed for the Web.?
Forte was unavailable for comment.
Kilmartin added that the Sedona repository would still be used as the underlying repository for Oracle?s Developer and Designer 2000 toolsets.
It would also form the basis of the new Java and object tools that are due to be launched at the Oracle Open World conference in Los Angeles next month, for shipment early next year. These will include salvaged elements of the Sedona project as well as the Jbuilder technology Oracle licensed from Borland earlier this year.
Oracle still plans to ship its Object Database Design tool at the end of the year, but this will not enable users to undertake object modelling or generation.
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