December 12, 1996 6:30 PM ET

Oracle extends Java support
By Margaret Kane

  NEW YORK—Oracle Corp. made a slew of announcements here at Internet World today, demonstrating support for Java across the Network Computing Architecture and for integrating the language into its entire line of databases.

The Redwood Shores, Calif., company announced three new products that will allow Java code to access Oracle databases.

The first, J/SQL, embeds SQL for Java and, using a translator, allows users to generate standard portable Java code with calls to any standard Java Database Connectivity implementation. J/SQL will be an open standard available free to developers, Oracle officials said.

The second product, the Thin-Client JDBC, will allow a Java-only implementation of the JDBC standard to make a direct connection to the database without going through a middle tier.

The third, Java in the Database, supports stored procedures, triggers, methods and the development of data cartridges.

Oracle also announced that support for Java would be integrated into all development and decision support tools, including Developer/2000, Designer/2000, Power Objects, Discoverer and Sedona.

On the World Wide Web front, Oracle officially unveiled the Express Web Publisher, which will let users publish OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) analyses as pages on corporate Web sites without reformatting them in HTML.

The new tool will let users update OLAP Web pages with new information from the Express server and perform live queries. The software organizes an OLAP Web site into briefing folders containing groups of similar analyses. Users can limit access to the folders with passwords and IDs.

Express Web Publisher will ship free of charge with Express Objects and Express Analyzer within 90 days, company officials said.

Also today, Oracle announced that both the Web Application Server Release 3.0 and Project Apollo merchant server have begun beta testing.

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