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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