Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Oracle Puts Integration At Its Core

Oracle Puts Integration At Its Core

The JDeveloper environment sports an entirely new interface that's based on the open-source JGoodies components and animation, which are available at Sun's site.

"We targeted it to [Jet-Brains'] IntelliJ and Eclipse users," said Ted Fartell, architect and director of strategy for application development tools.

The light bulb feature In JDeveloper gives suggestions for fixing errors.

Oracle also has released its Application Development Framework, which is a set of graphical user interface components that adhere to the JCP's JavaServer Faces specification.

Oracle claims the tool has a 30 percent performance increase, due to enhancements in database access, caching and asynchronous batch processing.

Several features are aimed at making JDeveloper easier to use.

Although Oracle is part of the Eclipse Foundation, JDeveloper is not Eclipse-based. The company joined the foundation to ensure that Eclipse tools could work with Oracle's application server, said Farrell.

"We want to make sure the customer is successful building to the Oracle database and app server," he said. "We're not forcing them to use JDeveloper to use our runtimes."

Oracle also has plug-ins to work with Borland's JBuilder, he said.

One of the new features aimed at making it a more efficient development tool is a new "light bulb" that suggests fixes for incorrect code. JDeveloper also has a code completion feature that fills in not only keywords, but also variables from imported packages.

In addition, Release 2 of JDeveloper has a feature that shows the differences between versions of a file, even before the file has been saved. This feature works both with its own files and with a source code repository.

New editors include an XML editor, XML schema editor and XSLT mapping tools.

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