Apple on Tuesday released a new version of WebObjects, the company’s suite of tools and object-oriented frameworks that let users develop and deploy scalable, reusable Web and Java applications. WebObjects 5.2 continues Apple’s move into standards-based services adding more features for developers.
“We have really been refocusing WebObjects over the last year to be standards compliant with a lot of the Java standards,” Brian Croll, Apple’s senior director software, Worldwide Product Marketing, told MacCentral. “With the new version we are also stepping into the Web services domain.”
Web services can be built without writing low-level SOAP, XML or WSDL and they can interoperate with clients written in many languages, including Java, AppleScript, Perl and .Net. WebObjects enables code-free generation, configuration and testing of web services from existing data assets.
“The uniqueness with the WebObjects offering is in the server-side,” said Bob Fraser, Apple’s Worldwide Product Marketing Manager for WebObjects. “What we’ve done is make it really easy for people to build Web services and call those services from many different clients.”
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In addition to adding Web services to this version of WebObjects, Apple also made improvements in other areas including:
WebObjects 5.2 is available directly from Apple for US$699.