Oracle has just released a free JDeveloper Java development tool, in an attempt to compete with the open source community Eclipse.
The company also is shipping Application Server 10g Release 3, an upgrade to its application server, bundled with a rules engine and an ESB (enterprise service bus).
With the new version of JDeveloper, the company is vying with the Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEs for the hearts of developers, said Ted Farrell, Oracle chief architect and vice president.
JDeveloper boasts enhanced features such as a visual page flow support and a BPEL designer, Farrell said. Oracle, which is a member of the Eclipse Foundation, hopes to leverage the free developer tool to promote its commercial offerings.
JDeveloper has an advantage over the Eclipse IDE in building of web applications, said one Eclipse user.
"Eclipse is very good [for coding] our base application, but when you want to do Web applications, you use some kind of plug-in," said Eric Marcoux, a technical architect at Fujitsu Consulting. The plug-ins do not offer ideal integration, according to Marcoux.