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Thought Inc.® Announces Free Enterprise Level Shopping Cart
Reference Application For BEA's WebLogic Server

CocoBase® Enterprise O/R Quickly Integrates
with the WebLogic Application Server
to Provide Universal Database Mapping


San Francisco, California, December 6, 2000 - THOUGHT Inc.®, the market leader in Object to Relational (O/R) Mapping optimized for Enterprise JavaBeans® (EJB), today announced the release of an open source e-commerce shopping cart application and tutorial supporting the BEA WebLogic Server® from BEA® Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAS). The e-commerce shopping cart, developed by THOUGHT Inc, is a full featured enterprise level reference application demonstrating many of the current Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) technologies and it is fully integrated with the WebLogic Server.

E-Business developers benefit from the shopping cart and tutorial because it provides an advanced entry point, using examples of Container Managed (CMP), Bean Managed (BMP) and Session Beans, for developing applications under the J2EE specification. The thoroughly documented open source code can be used as a working template and modified to create scalable enterprise-wide applications.

""By providing an open source shopping cart application and tutorial for BEA's WebLogic Server, we've provided a relatively sophisticated enterprise database and object model example that can be used as a learning and tutorial solution to show a best practices EJB application," said Ward Mullins, CTO of THOUGHT Inc.

The shopping cart application uses the BEA WebLogic Server 5.1, the Oracle database, and the market's leading O/R mapping tool, CocoBase
® Enterprise O/R. CocoBase® Enterprise O/R delivers powerful features and increases ease of use by automatically creating and generating CMP and BMP Entity beans that run up to 400% faster than manually coded beans. CocoBase® Enterprise O/R increases developer productivity and cuts the cost of EJB database access development by up to 85%.

This advanced enterprise level EJB application is designed to show a reasonably complex database and object model using session and entity beans in various ways. Key features in the shopping cart source code include the ability to:

  • Automatically generate email order verification to the customer
  • Generate merchant side XML order files
  • Check customer order quantity against inventory

"Developers now have a rare working sample set of deployable JSP (Java Server Pages) and EJB examples to use while creating scalable, secure, enterprise-wide applications…for free!" said Dan Wilson, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for THOUGHT Inc.

THOUGHT, Inc.'s business partner, BEA Systems, is one of the world's leading e-business infrastructure software companies, with over 6,500 customers around the world including the majority of the Fortune Global 100. The WebLogic application server remains one of the leading EJB server in the market.

® Enterprise O/R provides a powerful tool for bridging the impedance mismatch between objects used by EJB Servers and RDBMS. CocoBase® is a standards-based product that provides easy integration of Bean, Container and Session Beans with EJB enabling a best of breed O/R mapping solution for enterprise and e-business systems. THOUGHT Inc., the market leader for O/R mapping optimized for EJB, holds patents for Repository-based Object Mapping.

About THOUGHT Inc.

Established in 1993, THOUGHT Inc. is a market leader in Java-based object-oriented mapping middleware technology. THOUGHT Inc. has been shipping CocoBase, the patented flagship product and the industry's most advanced framework for accessing legacy data in a distributed application since March of 1997. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, THOUGHT Inc. supports customers worldwide in the United States, Europe, Japan, Asia and Australia. Visit for more information.