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Oracle Embarks on Component-Based Multi-Tier Strategy with Integrated
Development Environment

PR371 / 18th December 1997

Oracle has announced the beta release of "Project Valhalla," the code name
for Oracle's flexible Java development environment for building, debugging
and deploying component-based applications for the network computing
platform. Project Valhalla will complete the first phase of Oracle's Java
development tools strategy by delivering on the promise to extend Java's
reach across all tiers of the Network Computing Architecture (NCA) as
defined by Oracle. With Project Valhalla, Java developers will now have an
enterprise-scale Java development tool for building and deploying
multi-tier database applications.

"The beta release of Project Valhalla is designed to equip Oracle
developers with a flexible toolset to develop applications for the network
computing platform," said Kieran Kilmartin, tools marketing manager at
Oracle UK. "Oracle is well-known for its expertise in delivering
enterprise development tools, and now we are bringing that expertise to
Java."

"Oracle is delivering the tools for building Network Computing
applications," said Joe Fox, manager of Network Computing Services within
Ernst & Young's Oracle Service-Line. "We've been working with Valhalla and
have found it to be an exceptionally productive Java development
environment for building multi-tier, enterprise applications. We have also
found that it is extremely complementary to the existing Oracle toolset for
Web-enabled application development."

Oracle's Project Valhalla to provide superior database integration
At the database tier, Project Valhalla combines the open standard for
embedding SQL in Java with pure Java JDBC drivers for developing
database-centric applets and applications. Additionally, Project Valhalla
includes a set of data-aware controls and wizards for common data access
tasks to ease database application development in Java.

Helps reduce client complexity by providing n-tier development & deployment
Project Valhalla will allow developers to take complex application logic
off the client and redeploy it in the middle tier where it can be
professionally managed. Project Valhalla will be integrated with Oracle
Application Server for deploying multi-tier, multi-platform applications.
Java developers will be able to take advantage of the unique load balancing
and management capabilities of Oracle's Application Server.

Oracle to enable productive component development through JavaBeans
Project Valhalla will enable productive component-based development through
wizards-based JavaBeans creation and superior JavaBeans support. JavaBeans
can be quickly created using an extensive set of wizards and easily
integrated into Project Valhalla's development environment for future
reuse. The development environment is expected to ship with over 100
JavaBeans and in future releases support Javasoft's Java Foundation Classes
(JFC).

Project Valhalla to build foundation for reuse
Developer/2000, Oracle's productive 4GL database application development
tool, Designer/2000, Oracle's design, modelling and generation tool and
Project Valhalla will be an integrated suite of tools. Existing
Developer/2000 and Designer/2000 customers will be able to fully leverage
Java components created in Valhalla and reuse these components through
Oracle's future repository technology. In addition, Designer/2000 will be
enhanced to provide Java generation.

Trademarks: Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation.
Network Computing Architecture, Developer/2000 and Designer/2000 are
trademarks of Oracle Corporation. All other products or company names
mentioned are used for identification purposes only, and may be trademarks
of their respective owners.

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