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ORACLE FINALLY TAKES LID OFF 8i INTERNET DATABASE.

After months of hype and marketing puff as only Oracle Corp knows how, the software giant is today finally poised to take the lid off its next generation, internet-ready database, Oracle 8i. Larry Ellison, the company[superscript one]s dynamic and outspoken CEO will formally launch the database today during a keynote to mark the opening of Oracle[superscript one]s OpenWorld user conference in San Francisco. During the speech, Ellison is expected to discuss pricing structures and announce product suites that will bundle Oracle8i-enhanced versions of its development tools with the database. Details of the first of such bundles began to trickle out yesterday when the RedWood City, California-based database supplier announced the shipment of the beta version of JDeveloper 2.0, its visual Java development tool. As well as offering tight integration with Oracle8i and Oracle Application Server 4.0, the company said the software also includes enhanced support for Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) and Java servlets. The beta is available now and will be incorporated into the JDeveloper Suite targeted for release in Spring 1999, Oracle said. The company will also use the show to demonstrate 8i[superscript one]s new content management features, such as the integration of multimedia files into the database. Oracle will use its media-integration component, Intermedia, which is built into 8i, alongwith technology borrowed from companies like LivePicture Inc (CI No 3,527) to enable customers to embed and manage audio, video, text and graphics within the new database. The company will also preview the enterprise-level Developer 6.0 (formerly Developer 2000), a multiuser, mulithreaded version of its rapid application development tool that will power Version 12 of Oracle Applications, due next year. Ellison is also expected to discuss a new version of Oracle[superscript one]s embedded database, Oracle8i Lite, due in the first quarter of 1999, that includes enhanced web application server functionality. And in a bid to entice developers to the platform, Oracle will also be giving away the new database for free under its new Oracle Technical Network, or OTN. OTN is a program to deliver free software, technical information and newsgroup support to developers worldwide, the company said.
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