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In its latest SEC filing, Oracle Corp has duly recorded that Larry Ellison, who last year was paid $3.9 million in salary and bonus, received $7.5 million from the company in fiscal 2005, the year in which after an 18-month saga Oracle finally acquired PeopleSoft for $10.3BN Ellison was also given a hefty slice of 2.5 million stock options, compared to just 900,000 he received last year. Judging from this pay hike, the verdict on Ellison's performance in the fisal year ended May 31 was resoundingly positive. He wasn't alone either. Chairman Jeffrey O. Henley got $3.7 million in salary and bonus (up from $1.6 million in fiscal 204) and company president Safra A. Catz got $5.7 million (up from $2.7 million). Below is an item we ran earlier this year, which we republish here because of what Ellison had to say about software engineers. (It is positive.) [from a story publi... (more)

Oracle Is "Missing an Operating System," Says Larry Ellison As He Contemplates an Oracle Linux Distro

Hard on the heels of the Red Hat-JBoss acquisition announcement, which overnight transformed Red Hat into a competititor in the middleware space, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison (pictured) has been contemplating an aggressive Oracle counter-move within the Linux market. "I don't think Oracle [wants] another Microsoft in Red Hat," says Ellison. In an interview to the UK-based Financial Times, Ellison confirmed that Oracle has in the past contemplated buying Novell, and that the $350M acquisition of JBoss by Red Hat, which gives Red Hat an open middlware stack, has given him a renewed rea... (more)

How to Use Google Web Toolkit with Oracle Sleepycat

This AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 West session is based on Erick Audet's real-life experience using the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) with a persistence layer handled by Sleepycat from Oracle. He will demonstrate how fast the response time can be when no middle tier persistence layer such as Hibernate is used and no SQL is needed. He will also show how easy the source code can be maintained when such a architecture is used. In comparison with Struts, this architecture does not use any configuration files and is platform independent and runs on any Java EE application server. Mixin... (more)

"Do All the Web 2.0 Buzzwords Map Back to Business Value?" Asks Oracle's Chief Architect

(September 24, 2007) -  Ted Farrell, chief architect for Tools and Middleware at Oracle, gave the opening keynote at AJAXWorld Conference Expo 2007 West this morning. The next-generation, Web 2.0 user experience, he noted, is as much about empowering users with state-of-the-art social networking tools as it is about a richer interface. Farrell's theme, Web 2.0 for the Enterprise, led him into the fast-moving world of how the enterprise world is today trying to bring together the various services of Web 2.0 - contact management, search, discussion forums and wikis, presence, VoIP ... (more)

Oracle9i Application Server to Deliver First Unified Platform for Wireless Applications

(February 10, 2003) - New wireless features in Oracle9i Application Server will make it the first and only integrated application server to support XHTML 2.0, the new W3C standard. The wireless features, scheduled to be available in a new Wireless Toolkit on the Oracle Technology Network, are designed to make it easier and more cost effective for developers to build and deploy mobile technologies across the enterprise. In addition to supporting XHTML 2.0, Oracle9i Application Server will also provide a single, unified platform for J2ME and Multi-Media Messaging (MMS) development ... (more)