Oracle Proposes Open Source Persistence Project at Eclipse Foundation Oracle TopLink Contributed to Open Source Community



    ECLIPSECON, SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Today, at the EclipseCon Conference, Oracle (Nasdaq:   ORCL), a newly
 appointed Eclipse Board Member and Strategic Developer, announced it will
 donate its award winning Java persistence framework, Oracle(R) TopLink, to
 the open source community. In addition, Oracle announced the proposal of a
 new Eclipse project to deliver a comprehensive persistence platform based
 on the contribution of Oracle TopLink, a component of Oracle Fusion
 Middleware, source code and test cases.
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     With its latest contribution and project proposal, Oracle continues to
 demonstrate its commitment to the developer and open source communities.
 Oracle TopLink is the industry's most advanced persistence architecture,
 offering object-to-relational, object-to-XML, and Enterprise Information
 System data access through all of the major standards, including the Java
 Persistence API, Java API for XML Binding, Service Data Objects, and the
 Java Connector Architecture. It has consistently provided developers with
 superior performance and choice. Built on industry standards, Oracle
 TopLink works with any database, any application server, any development
 toolset and process and any Java application architecture. Since its first
 commercial release in 1994, thousands of customers have chosen Oracle
 TopLink to bring greater agility, better decision-making and reduced cost
 and risk to diverse IT environments. Now, by donating the source code and
 test cases of Oracle TopLink, Oracle is making the first complete
 enterprise persistence platform available in open source and to the greater
 developer community.
     "Oracle has been an Eclipse member since its inception and significant
 contributor," said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse
 Foundation. "The donation of Oracle TopLink to the open source community is
 a win-win for Eclipse and the community. We are excited about the
 opportunities this proposed project presents and for the community which
 will gain a complete and comprehensive open source persistence platform."
     In addition to its code contribution, Oracle proposes to lead a new
 Eclipse run-time project to provide a set of persistence services that can
 be utilized in Java and OSGi environments. Working closely with the Eclipse
 Foundation, Eclipse member companies and other contributors, Oracle will
 use the existing code base of Oracle TopLink as the starting point for this
 project. Through its participation in the OSGi Enterprise Expert Group,
 Oracle will also work with the group members to create a set of blueprints
 that define how OSGi applications can access standardized persistence
 technologies.
     "Our latest contribution and added commitment to Eclipse demonstrates
 Oracle's continued efforts to initiate, lead, support and contribute
 technology, innovation and resources to the open source community," said
 Dennis Leung, vice president software development, Oracle. "From our
 experience in leading several projects, we know that Eclipse has an
 enthusiastic and vibrant following. We are very excited to grow our
 involvement by bringing all of TopLink to Eclipse and delivering a
 comprehensive persistence platform."
     "Interface21 has worked closely with Oracle on the integration of
 Oracle TopLink technology with the Spring Framework 2.0, which has been
 tremendously successful with the open source community," said Rod Johnson,
 founder of the Spring Framework and CEO of Interface21. "Now with all of
 TopLink being available under open source, this provides an even richer
 persistence platform for the community and we are excited about the
 proposed move to Eclipse. This will enhance the community involvement that
 is so important to Spring customers."
     Oracle's Commitment to Eclipse
     The Eclipse Foundation is one of several open source communities in
 which Oracle invests significant development resources. As a leading
 participant in both the Eclipse Web Tools Platform (WTP) and the Technology
 project, Oracle currently leads the JavaServer Faces tooling, Dali JPA
 tools and BPEL tools projects.
     The Eclipse Persistence Platform project will be available free of
 charge under the Eclipse Public License. For more information about
 Oracle's development and contribution of open source solutions, visit
 http://otn.oracle.com/tech/eclipse
     About Oracle Fusion Middleware
     The Company's comprehensive, standards-based family of middleware
 software, Oracle Fusion Middleware enables customers to adopt and manage
 SOAs in heterogeneous computing environments. More than 31,000 customers
 now use Oracle Fusion Middleware and include leading organizations in the
 Financial Services, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Retail,
 Pharmaceuticals, Health Care and Public Sector industries. Oracle Fusion
 Middleware is also supported by 9,000 partners, including leading
 independent software vendors, value added resellers and system integrators.
     About Oracle
     Oracle is the world's largest enterprise software company. For more
 information about Oracle, visit our Web site at http://www.oracle.com.
     Trademarks
     Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its
 affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 

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