For developers, Oracle's Fusion Middleware 11g rollout on Wednesday emphasizes Java technologies, particularly the company's JDeveloper IDE, along with concepts, including declarative programming and ALM (application lifecycle management).
Oracle's emphasis on Java should come as further relief to Java developers, with Oracle already in the process of buying Java founder Sun Microsystems and offering reassurance to these developers at the recent JavaOne conference. The Fusion announcement featured a multifaceted suite of technologies for business IT needs, ranging from SOA deployments to cloud computing, business process transformation, and IT governance.
[ Earlier today, Oracle launched its Fusion Middleware 11g. ]
JDeveloper, Oracle said in one of its statements on the rollout, lets developers build applications and services across application servers; Oracle's WebLogic Java application server acquired from BEA Systems is a key part of the company's middleware line. Developers also can leverage the open source Eclipse IDE through Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse, Oracle said.
"In the developer tools space, I think we're really excited with what we've done," said Ted Farrell, chief architect and senior vice president of tools and middleware at Oracle. The unveiling gets Oracle fully into the ALM space and desktop integration, he said.
As part of Wednesday's announcement, Oracle is offering an upgrade to JDeveloper, identified as version 184.108.40.206, as well an ALM technology called Team Productivity Center. "Its goal is to bring teams together inside the IDE," Farrell said.
The ALM software lets teams track bugs together and share code, he said. "You can chat with each other right from inside the IDE," said Farrell. Developers can work with third-party technologies such as the Subversion version controly systems.
All Fusion middleware products plug into JDeveloper. Asked what Oracle's emphasis on JDeveloper and Eclipse means for the Sun-dominated NetBeans IDE, Farrell said he could not comment on what Oracle might do with it. But he did call NetBeans "a viable IDE in the market today."
Oracle is leveraging its ADF (Application Development Framework) and ADF Faces, Farrell said. "Basically, what we're saying is we're trying to abstract our users building enterprise applications and Web applications from the underlying view technologies, which are constantly changing," Farrell said.
Google's framework is most similar to Oracle, using Java as its native language, said Farrell. With JSF, Oracle is going "the declarative route," providing an abstraction layer, he said.
Observers offered varying perspectives on Oracle's moves, with one analyst making a comparison to Microsoft's Oslo software modeling platform.