Anyways, having gotten rid of my initial JDO bias, I just started looking at what would do the job and decided that TopLink is actually really cool. It's expensive - $7000 a server - but not as much as it used to be with Bea's classic $2000 a pop for developers. It meets all the criteria in Dave's graph for top down, middle out and bottom up.[Russell Beattie comments on Toplink]
I've only heard good things about Toplink, but it sure is expensive. I wonder what kinds of deals they cut for ISVs. Imagine how expensive JIRA would be if Atlassian used Toplink at that price.

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