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Java + .NET: Oracle Shows Beta of Visual Studio .NET Plug-in

Looking To Gain Windows Users for Oracle 10g

Oracle has released a beta version of its Developer Tools for Visual Studio .NET. According to Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice president at Oracle, in a keynote speech at the VSLive conference in San Francisco, the tools can increase productivity for Visual Studio developers using Oracle's database. Oracle joined Microsoft's Visual Studio Industry Partner Program about a year ago.

"In the Visual Studio environment that you know and love, you can do all these Oracle-specific things: browse the objects in the database, create new code on the fly, run code, debug code, and more," Mendelsohn said after the tools were demonstrated to an audience of developers.

The tools are part of an effort to increase sales of Oracle's products to Windows users. Today, Microsoft's SQL Server database has a bigger share of the market on Windows-based servers than does Oracle. "We want to change that," Mendelsohn said.

"We're trying to make our name much more prevalent in the Windows community so everybody understands that when they need a database underneath their .Net application, they have a choice, it is not just automatically SQL Server, they can also use Oracle," Mendelsohn said.

In addition to the developer tool, in Release 2 of Database 10g due midyear Oracle will incorporate new features to increase support for Windows application developers. The database update will include Oracle Database Extensions for .NET, offering improved Microsoft .NET support via stored procedures implemented using Microsoft's Common Language Runtime, Oracle said in a statement.

The final version of Oracle Developer Tools for Visual Studio .NET is due around April, an Oracle spokesman said.

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VS 03/09/05 04:11:18 AM EST

Is this still on course for April release?

Infernoz 02/26/05 01:54:35 PM EST

WTF has this got to do with Java? I doubt the tool uses Java and it's a bit of stretch to have Java in the title when nothing Java is mentioned in the article or is it because Java is where Oracles' main action is?

As for Oracle, their pricing model and entrenched competition (Microsoft) may have more to do with their lack of sales, I doubt an IDE plugin will make much difference.

What Oracle needs to do is make it cheaper to buy/use their databases and point out just how bad SQL Server (Sybase) really is, there are no shortage of data integrity, reliability and scaleability issues Oracle could attack.

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