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Just a few days after trumpeting its alliance with Microsoft Corp. and announcing plans to incorporate .Net technology into its own products, Siebel Systems Inc. was offering reassurances about its commitment to .Net rival Java by reaffirming its partnership with Java creator Sun Microsystems Inc.

Siebel’s latest release of its eBusiness Applications suite, Version 7.5, now supports the J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) Connector Architecture, a specification for integrating enterprise applications with the Java platform, the companies said. But the main point of the announcement, made recently at Siebel’s Worldwide User Week conference in Los Angeles, was to emphasize that the ties between Sun and Siebel remain strong, Sun executives said. Siebel has said it is committed to fully supporting both .Net and J2EE.

Micro Focus links Cobol apps to .Net

Micro Focus International Ltd. was planning to announce an alignment with Microsoft Corp. to more closely bring enterprise Cobol into Microsoft’s .Net Framework, according to Micro Focus.

The company next year will bundle Microsoft’s Visual Studio .Net development tool with the Micro Focus Net Express development environment for migrating Cobol applications. Next Express 4.5 will feature Visual Studio .Net, but it will only be available to selected early adopters beginning in December and will not be available in a general release until June 2003. However, users can still buy the products separately and use them together today.

NetIQ rolls out developer kit for Web

In an effort to get companies thinking early on about how to track online customer behaviour, NetIQ Corp. will begin offering a free developers’ kit for building analytics capabilities into a Web site during the development cycle.

The WebTrends Developer Kit for Macromedia Dreamweaver MX will enable developers to build analytics “tags” directly into a company’s Web site – and also test them – prior to site launch. This approach counters today’s typical scenario in which Web analytics functionality is introduced only after a Web site has been up and running, said Bob Blumstein, an analyst with IDC in Framingham, Mass.

Oracle upgrades development tool

Oracle Corp. is upgrading its JDeveloper Java development environment with enhanced backing for Web services, UML (Unified Modelling Language) modelling, and standards.

Oracle 9i JDeveloper 9.0.3 adds UML modelling support for building Web services and Enterprise JavaBeans, according to Oracle officials. Developers can visually design EJBs (Enterprise Java Beans) and Web services through UML, said Ted Farrell, senior director of technology for application development tools at Oracle, in Redwood Shores, Calif. Oracle has added support for building Web services from Java classes, EJBs, and PL/SQL stored procedures.

Sun unveils upgraded app server

Sun Microsystems Inc. was to release two editions of the Sun ONE Application Server, featuring integration with the Sun ONE Studio for Java Enterprise Edition Web services tools.

Sun ONE Application Server 7 features an implementation of J2EE 1.3 and Java Web Services Developer Pack (WSDP) to provide standard implementations of Web services standards including WSDL, SOAP, ebXML and UDDI. Version 7 is integrated with Sun ONE Studio for Java 4.1, an updated toolset that includes support for WSDP. This integration, plus pre-built components provided in the Sun ONE Application Framework 2.0, helps streamline development of Java Web services and increase developer productivity, according to Sun.

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