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Oracle reveal Cloud Application Foundation for renewed mobile & cloud apps

Chris Mayer

Java steward announces a raft of updates to middleware and developer products in “next-generation” charge.

a string of announcements
, Oracle have
updated several middleware and developer products, hoping to
persuade customers that they are fully furnished for private cloud

The repackaging of application server WebLogic
and in-memory cache Coherence under on platform, dubbed Cloud
Application Foundation, represents the biggest change. Also
included in this new package is another application server, Tuxedo,
as well as the recently release Oracle 12c database.

WebLogic now has clustering capabilities and
support for a number of cloud-centric Web protocols, such as
Websocket. Through Oracle TopLink, developers are able to access
data sources through JSON and XML format, while there is also a
streamlined and simplified Java Messaging Service for quicker data
rates in Exalogic. The ties to build manager Apache Maven have been
strengthened also.

The company’s data caching layer, Coherence, has
“significant new capabilities across the board,” Mike Lehmann,
Oracle VP of product management told

IDG News Service’s Joab Jackson
. Coherence
12.1.2 now deploys event processing far quicker, a welcome change
from the multiple event processing of old. It also uses Oracle’s
datastore backup software, GoldenGate, so the cache can quickly
update entries.

Al Hilwa, an analyst at IDC, told

that the releases were “the
culmination of a lot of work on the part of the database and
middleware team at Oracle,”

“It is one of the most integrated releases they
have ever shipped in that there are several points of deep
integration across the layers. I also think the multi-tenancy
aspects provide a good basis to implement cloud software in a
cost-effective way, which is a key focus area for cloud

To complement this move, Oracle have also
updated a raft of Java development tools, which will take
“enterprise application developers to the next level” according to
VP of Application Development Tools, Chris Tonas.

Java-EE based framework ADF, often chosen for
its simplified visual approach to building enterprise apps, now
includes better support for touch-based tablets, after branching
out into mobile in October. There’s also the promise of greater
REST protocol support and EJB/JPA data controls, as well as
additional visualisation components, like timelines and

Oracle’s freeware IDE, JDeveloper has been
bolstered with new Maven and Git support and a dependency explorer,
while the free set of Eclipse plugins, Oracle Enterprise Pack for
Eclipse, also has new REST features.

Some might say the new additions to these
enterprise-focused tools is long overdue and that many other
frameworks already offer this functionality, leaving the Redwood
Shores company way behind the curve. But at least Oracle has
recognised the importance of embracing cloud and mobile before it
is too late, and is a sound strategy in their battle with Microsoft
and Salesforce for on-premise supremacy.

Oracle are expected to reveal more details behind this
bumper update, in a

on July 31.

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