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Oracle ships beta of new Java toolset

The software company rolls out the testing version of Oracle Business Components for Java at its developer conference iDevelop '99 in Burlingame, California.

Oracle today debuted the beta release of a new Java application toolset.

The software company rolled out the testing version of Oracle Business Components for Java at its developer conference iDevelop '99 in Burlingame, California.

Business Components for Java use XML's (extensible markup language) ability to describe data in a structured way to manage an application's metadata. As a result, customizing an application becomes as easy as editing XML information, the company claims. XML is a system for defining specialized markup languages that are used to transmit formatted data.

Business Components for Java is a set of Java framework classes and wizards that act as add-ins to Oracle JDeveloper 2.0, which also shipped today. The wizards allow developers to focus on the business logic rather than the low-level database interactions, the company said.

The new Java tools also enable developers to reuse and customize the same business logic over multiple applications.

Business Components for Java execute in the Oracle8i database. Business Components for Java-built applications can be deployed across multiple platforms using industry standard APIs such as Enterprise JavaBeans and CORBA, the company said.

More information on Business Components for Java is available from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN). Developers can also register via OTN for a beta version of the technology. Pricing for the final version of the tools wasn't released.