Object Design plans to release what it claims will be the first database to offer native Java support in the first quarter of next year.
Most of the database market, including Object Design, is already using the JDBC Java connectivity protocol to enable users to access Java applets. But it will be a race to see which vendor can first offer the ability to store Java natively - most of the big players, such as Oracle, have already made a similar commitment.
Object Design also announced its new Object Manager Developer Programme at Internet World in New York this week.
The aim of the scheme is to encourage other software suppliers to develop Object Managers, which can extend the number of data types such as audio and video that Objectstore can support.
The idea is similar to the Datablade plug-in concept propagated by Informix with its Universal Server Some 14 vendors, including Excalibur with its text and image search and retrieval software and Vxtreme with its video streaming package, have already released products compliant with Object Design.
Jim Beagle, Object Design?s UK managing director, said: ?We?re extending support for the complex data types we need to support the Web by integrating third party class libraries. We?re seeing more and more of our business coming from the Web in new markets such as pharmaceuticals and publishing, which is expanding us out of our traditional telecoms, finance and engineering markets.?
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