Floor Report: Apple at Oracle World

by Derrick Story

The Oracle World Conference is underway at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. As you may know, Oracle recently made available a developer release of their 9i database software for Mac OS X. This is a big deal for enterprise Mac computing, and we're starting a series by David Simpson on Tuesday evening that examines the Oracle release for OS X.

Apple has a booth at the show, and David spent the day yesterday nosing around the trade show floor. He just sent me this report:

I visited the Apple booth and had a nice talk with a number of the people there. They had Oracle on at least one of the machines, and were showing RealBASIC, JDeveloper, WebObjects, Xserve and the Xserve disc array (no shipping date yet). It's a nice-sized booth, probably at least 30 x 50 and was reasonably busy with attendees. The only disappointment is that Apple is listed as an official equipment sponsor (along with Dell, Sun and Toshiba) but I didn't see any Apple servers at any of the other exhibitor booths. This is even true of the Oracle exhibit areas. This may be due to the fact that the Developer Release for Mac OS X is not yet a shipping product, however Oracle World is the place where Oracle does often show off technology demos of new software. I would anticipate that this situation should improve by next year.

I spoke with several vendors to request that they create Mac OS X versions of their applications. I didn't get much of a positive response from these vendors because they apparently had not seen demand for a Mac OS X version. I did however have a very nice talk with a salesperson at keeptool gmbh about Mac OS X. He said that he had the Oracle 9.2 Developer Release installed on his G4 Titanium Powerbook and was then running his company's products via Virtual PC. He was an enthusiastic Macintosh supporter and said that he greatly preferred Mac OS X.

I was a pleasantly surprised to find that the show floor was almost completely filled with booths. There was one empty aisle at one end of the show hall and about half an empty aisle at the other end. Some space was taken up by a generously sized booth by Electronic Arts where people could play games, Oracle car/plane racing sponsorship booths and a human football arena at the edge of the main show hall.

I will try to find out when the next Developer Release or production release of Oracle 9.2 will be available on Mac OS X.

We'll continue to follow the development of Oracle tools for the Mac platform. In the meantime, be sure to check out David's first installment of "Installing Oracle on Mac OS X" Tuesday night on the Mac DevCenter.


2002-11-12 10:00:31
JDeveloper 9.0.3 Seems to Work on Mac OS X
David Simpson sent this follow up note a bit later:

"By the way, I forgot to add that I got the newly released Oracle JDeveloper 9.0.3 to work on Mac OS X last evening (it is available as a free eval download from otn.oracle.com). When I was at the Apple booth, one of the demonstrators showed me how to edit the script which starts the application to make it work on Mac OS X. However when I got home I noticed the new 9.0.3 version available on OTN. They don't list compatibility with Mac OS X, but it is now completely written in Java and it does work. In fact this latest version no longer requires editing the startup script to get it working on Mac OS X. All you have to do is make the jdev903 Folder/jdev/bin/jdev script executable and then execute it."

2002-11-13 11:11:44
Update from David Simpson
David just dropped me a note from Oracle World:

"By the way, it appears that Oracle is targeting the 2nd quarter of 2003 for
the production release of Oracle 9i for Mac OS X. Of course this could
change. There is no word yet on when the next developer release will be

Jonathan Gennick
2002-11-15 09:37:00
Testing tool issues?
One of the Apple employees at that booth told me that one reason for the long delay between the developer and production releases is that the testing software Oracle uses is not supported on the Mac. Thus, Oracle can't easily run their test scripts.

I'm not sure whether I buy that story, but it's what I was told. I definitely place it into the rumor category.