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Oracle Hands Out WS-I App Tester

Building on the recent release of a new Web services standard, Oracle Friday began offering sample testing kits designed to interoperate with its Oracle9i Application Server.

The Redwood Shores, Calif.-based software giant said an early release of its WS-I supply chain application is now available for download from its online developer community (OTN). The tools let IT administrators run their scenarios outside of the firewall by modeling the interactions between multiple Web storefronts, retail warehouses and manufacturers.

A developer's preview of the new Oracle JDeveloper is scheduled to be available for free download and evaluation from OTN by the end of the year.

The sample is based on the Web Services Interoperability (WS-I) Basic Profile 1.0, which the organization officially >made available Wednesday. Oracle says the testing tool demonstrates how Web services can connect heterogeneous systems and autonomous organizations. As a result, developers will be able to test the interoperability of Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE)-based Web services deployed on Oracle9i Application Server with Web services deployed on other platforms such as .NET and J2EE application servers from other vendors.

"Serving as a founding board member of the WS-I, on the Advisory Board for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and on the J2SE/EE Executive Committee for the Java Community Process (JCP), Oracle has helped guide these organizations toward a common vision for Web services interoperability across platforms, languages, and operating systems," Oracle vice president of standards strategy and architecture Donald Deutsch said in a statement. "Oracle's implementation of the WS-I sample application provides an example of how the industry can work together to ensure full interoperability among Web services technology."

The sample application uses many features of the WS-I Basic Profile, including a variety of XML schema naming conventions, SOAP message formats, SOAP message styles, and WSDL design practices. The WS-I Basic Profile 1.0 covers SOAP 1.1 , WSDL 1.1 , UDDI 2.0 , XML 1.0 , and XML Schema .

The upcoming release of Oracle JDeveloper, recently announced at JavaOne 2003 earlier this month, is scheduled to feature integrated support for WS-I Basic Profile 1.0 Conformance Testing, enhancing the existing Web services capabilities of the tool.

The platform includes instant deployment and testing with the embedded Oracle9i Application Server, local and remote debugging, profiling and integrated SOAP message monitoring. The new feature is expected to improve the way developers deliver WS-I Basic Profile 1.0 compatible applications and services.

Oracle said its JDeveloper offers built-in features for streamlining the performance of Java applications while providing a single Integrated Development Environment for Java, XML and SQL; business intelligence; UML modeling and J2EE Web services.