Oracle Java tool takes on IBM on price
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While other companies flirt with Micrsoft’s .Net, Oracle’s Java loyalties remain on full view with the latest release this week of its Java integrated development environment (IDE), Oracle9i JDeveloper 9.0.3.

This latest version adds full support for J2EE 1.3 specifications, more Web services support, and built in integration with open source software such as Apache Ant, Jakarta Struts, JUnit and CVS. JDeveloper 9.0.3 supports the complete range of J2EE 1.3 specifications, and offers built-in Unified Modeling Language (UML) modeling and generation support for EJB 2.0, including sessions beans, entity beans and message driven beans.

But Oracle is most keen to highlight the MyJDeveloper Extension Manager, a tool which allows developers to tailor their Java development environments to the types of applications they are building, as well as development style and skill level. Developers will have the option to enable or disable product extensions and functionality to meet their requirements. It also allows them to download and install product extensions and updates directly from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN ) as they become available.

This release clearly has IBM and Borland in its sights as the price - $995 per user – is vastly cheaper than Borland's JBuilder, and IBM's WebSphere Studio Application Developer. Developers can download JDeveloper for evaluation free from the OTN.

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