Oracle .NET tools hit the street

Jack Vaughan

Last week, Oracle announced availability of Oracle Developer Tools for Visual Studio .NET. The plug-in tools allow Visual Studio .NET to create and deploy Oracle Database 10g applications on Microsoft Windows.

These tools could be a significant step in broadening .NET use outside of the pure Microsoft environment. Microsoft and Oracle jointly announced a partnership in May 2004 to provide integration between .NET and Oracle's 10g database, which led to last week's product news. Microsoft had also forged .NET development tool pacts with SAP and Sun Microsystems.

"This is the latest development in our ongoing relationship with Microsoft," said Willie Hardie, senior director of Oracle database product marketing. Independent Software Vendors [ISVs] may be among the first to benefit, he said.

"There are a lot of third-party applications developed using Windows technology. By offering this free plug-in for [VS.NET], ISVs can take an existing application and plug it in against an Oracle database backend.

Corporate programmers, too, may opt for the Oracle plug-in, especially in places where corporate standards may call for the Oracle database for some applications, Hardie indicated. "A lot of people want to run an application on a corporate data center standard. That could well be Oracle," he said.

Oracle also recently discussed Oracle Database 10g Release 2, which Oracle Database Extensions for the .NET Framework. This allows stored procedures to be implemented using the .NET Common Language Runtime (CLR). The new feature enables developers to write .NET Framework-based stored procedures and deploy them into the Oracle database. Oracle Database 10g Release 2 for Windows is scheduled for availability in the next 90 days.

"Now developers can use the .NET language of their choice to create and deploy their stored procedures in Oracle Database 10G Release 2," said Hardie. "The stored procedures can execute at the database server level using CLR."

Oracle Developer Tools for Visual Studio .NET is available today for download from the Oracle Technology Network.

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