Oracle plans to launch version 3.0 of its Web Application Server tomorrow, complete with a range of cartridges to add extra functionality to the product.
The new release comes complete with Oracle?s own object request broker (Orb),allowing users to access and deploy objects across their networks rather than just on a single machine.
The Orb, which complies with the Corba industry standard, first appeared in Oracle?s Media Objects development toolset. Since the database supplier licensed Visigenics' Orb technology a couple of months ago, it is now working on integrating both products.
Nick Gregory, Oracle?s database marketing manager, said: ?Version 3.0 also has the ability to undertake transactions over the Web. It conforms to X/Open?s TX Transaction Demarcation specification, which adds persistence to the Web Server. This means if you?re paying for something, the database will tell you if the transaction has taken place or not and rectify the situation if something has gone wrong.?
He added that the product also comes with a range of cartridges or class libraries that enhanced its functionality.
These include Oracle Worlds, a tool based on the Virtual Reality Modelling Language (VRML) standard. The product is derived from Silicon Graphics? Moving Worlds, a three dimensional modelling language for the Web, on which version 2.0 of the VRML standard is based.
Oracle Worlds has been optimised for visualising data from online analytical processing requests in 3D. It enables users to drill down into their data and view it in the form of 3D charts and graphics.
Another cartridge offers Pl/SQL support on the Web. It takes HTTP or HTML-based requests and translates them into Pl/SQL, so the database can understand and respond to them.
Other offerings include a Java cartridge and a LiveHTML one for adding external documents and programs such as word processing on to a static Web page.
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