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Oracle continues to roll out tools intended to make it easier for companies to build new applications on top of the company's Oracle 8 database.

Oracle (ORCL) continues its roll out of tools intended to make it easier for companies to build new applications on top of the company's Oracle 8 database.

Oracle today announced a new release of its flagship Developer/2000 toolset. Release 2.0 of the tool includes features for building applications that use new technology built into the Oracle 8 database server, such as support for new commands in Oracle's PL/SQL database query language, the company said.

Other new features include new wizards that automate application building, debugging, and database management, Oracle said.

Release 2.0 of Developer/2000 allows developers to use new features internal to the Oracle 8 database, such as advanced query capability, which can speed up transaction processing. For data warehousing applications, the tool supports Oracle 8's internal indexing features for better performance.

Developer/2000 2.0 is shipping today, priced at $5,995. The tool will be posted to Oracle's Web site and available for downloading by next week, a company representative said.

The tool is the second to debut this month reworked for Oracle 8. Oracle is giving developers a gentle nudge--in the form of new tools--to persuade them to migrate to the Oracle 8 database server.

Earlier this month, Oracle said it began beta testing of Object Database Designer, a tool for modeling client and server applications that uses the latest object-oriented features of Oracle 8. The tool can also be used to reverse-engineer existing business applications that use relational database technology, allowing them to be adapted to use object technology and then migrated to Oracle 8.