Oracle has outlined the development tools strategy that will fill the gap left by the canned Sedona project.
The new Java-focused approach, announced at the Open World user conference in Los Angeles yesterday, is not based around a single product, but a series of Java-enabled tools and an extended central repository that pulls the whole set together.
Tools product manager Steven Erliche admitted Oracle had made mistakes over the Sedona object oriented development, which was axed when Oracle8 was introduced earlier this year. "The market changed and the technlogy changed," he said, arguing that Sedona was overtaken by events during its three-year development period. "Our mistake was to try and patch the new technology on to what we already had. But we learnt a lot about how relational and objects work together - or how they don?t."
The new Java-centric strategy includes support for reusable Java Business Objects created by Oracle?s new Java Integrated Development Environment (IDE), which goes into production release later this year.
p> Kerry Lamson, vice president of applications product marketing, dismissed suggestions that the company was facing a rebellion by European users who did not want to upgrade from version 10.4 of the Oracle applications. Support is being pulled for 10.4 shortly. Lamson said a compromise had been reached whereby the company has agreed to extend support and maintenance of release 10.7 by a further two years to take it past the Year 2000 deadline. Version 11.0 goes on release in the first quarter of next year and will, claims Lamson, be European Monetary Union compliant.
Last month, a deputation from the Oracle European User Group said it would fly out to meet company president Ray Lane to protest about lack of compatibility between applications releases and being forced to upgrade too quickly (see earlier story).
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