Oracle Gives SOA Away

Thursday Jun 23rd 2005 by Staff

The software maker is looking to fuel adoption of its SOA and Web services development environment with free copies.


Next week's JavaOne show is expected to inspire a lot of talk about service-oriented architectures (SOA). And Oracle (Quote, Chart) plans to be right in the middle of it all by giving away a JDeveloper 10g kit free to all developers.

The move is both surprising and unsurprising. Free software tools have been all the rage in the development community, thanks to open source creations, such as the utilities forged under the auspices of the Eclipse Foundation.

But free tools from major money-making vendors is a different story. Oracle is looking to capitalize on the attractive freeware model to jumpstart interest in its own development tools as an alternative to offerings from rivals IBM, Sun Microsystems, Microsoft and Borland.

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