DataDirect Technologies Releases DataDirect XQuery to Simplify XML and Relational Data Integration; DataDirect XQuery(TM) is the First Embeddable Component for XQuery That is Modeled after the XQuery API for Java(TM) (XQJ).
BEDFORD, Mass. -- DataDirect Technologies (http://www.datadirect.com), the software industry leader in standards-based components for connecting applications to data and an operating unit operating unit
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"Internet developers typically spend much of their time creating and restructuring XML XML
in full Extensible Markup Language.
Markup language developed to be a simplified and more structural version of SGML. It incorporates features of HTML (e.g., hypertext linking), but is designed to overcome some of HTML's limitations. , using data from many sources, generally including relational data. This task is much too tedious in most environments. Using DataDirect XQuery, which is based on the W3C's XML Query (XQuery), simplifies the programming task significantly, solving the same problems with much less code," said Jonathan Robie, Program Manager for DataDirect XQuery and an editor of the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium, www.w3.org) An international industry consortium founded in 1994 by Tim Berners-Lee to develop standards for the Web. It is hosted in the U.S. by the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT (www.csail.mit.edu/index.php). XQuery specification. "Using DataDirect XQuery means that your applications can run on any Java platform Running Java programs under the Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Java "platform" refers to the running of Java programs versus Java itself, which is a programming language. Java programs are machine independent and run intact on any hardware platform that has a Java interpreter (JVM). , accessing data from the major relational databases, using any Web server or application server, or using no server at all. And DataDirect XQuery performs quite well, even when your query creates large XML results."
DataDirect XQuery supports all major relational databases, including Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server A relational DBMS from Microsoft that is a major component of the Windows Server System. It is Microsoft's high-end client/server database and is closely integrated with Microsoft Visual Studio and the Microsoft Office System. 2000, IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) DB2, and Sybase, on any Java platform, allowing developers to query XML, relational databases, or a combination of the two. Query results can be used for XML-based data exchange, XML-driven Web sites, and other applications that require or leverage the power of XML. DataDirect XQuery provides IT professionals with a highly productive, powerful, simple, and standards-based approach to XML and relational data integration.
Simplifying XML and Relational Data Integration
DataDirect XQuery simplifies XML and relational data integration by providing developers with an XQuery implementation that offers greater productivity, performance and interoperability for building standards-based data integration applications, and here's how:
--Productivity: Web services (1) Loosely, any online service delivered over the Web. Such usage appears in articles from non-technical sources, but not in IT-oriented publications, because definition #2 below describes the correct use of the term. , Web sites, data integration, and publishing are just a few examples of the many types of applications that need data from many sources, including relational and XML. For the first time, DataDirect XQuery enables developers to easily process both XML and relational data using industry-standard XQuery. DataDirect XQuery simplifies application development by reducing the amount of code developers write and maintain to use XML and relational data together. The result: reduced application complexity, shorter development cycles and more powerful applications - all based on the current W3C XQuery standard yet to be finalized.
--Performance: DataDirect XQuery optimizes and mediates query performance when accessing relational data. DataDirect XQuery is designed to move the minimum amount of data out of the database - for example, XQuery code is converted to SQL SQL
in full Structured Query Language.
Computer programming language used for retrieving records or parts of records in databases and performing various calculations before displaying the results. statements which are executed on the database server - thus providing the best performance possible.
--Interoperability: It's easy to embed DataDirect XQuery in applications: it does not require any other product or application server, it has no server of its own, it is not tied to a specific vendor database or database version, and it is based on the current version W3C XQuery and XQuery API for Java (XQJ) standards yet to be finalized. Application developers can write one easy-to-maintain application, regardless of the databases and versions they are using - Oracle, DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, or Sybase. This approach results in more extensible and interoperable applications which are insulated from the frequent database updates and changes in the database vendor tools.
"In the past, our web-based XML Human Resources The fancy word for "people." The human resources department within an organization, years ago known as the "personnel department," manages the administrative aspects of the employees. applications generated and sent XML data using data stored in an Oracle database," said Mark Zimmerman, VP of IT, at Gevity, a leading provider of employee management solutions. "We found DataDirect XQuery to be fast, scalable, and reliable. And because DataDirect XQuery allows us to leave the data access code in the middle tier (1) Generally refers to the processing that takes place in an application server that sits between the user's machine and the database server. The middle tier server performs the business logic. See application server and client/server. , and not tied to a specific database, our application is insulated from any changes in the back end, improving application interoperability. Overall, we're very pleased with DataDirect XQuery."
"Most XQuery implementations either work only with XML files in memory, or are bound to a particular database or application server - these are serious restrictions if your organization or partners have different databases, require scalability, or need to integrate with legacy data," said Jerry King Jerry King is a cartoonist. He has received the National Cartoonist Society Magazine Gag Cartoon Award for 2001 and was nominated for their Gag Cartoon Award and Magazine Gag Cartoon Award for 2002. , Vice President of the XML Products Group at DataDirect Technologies. "DataDirect XQuery is the first and only product that truly makes your XQuery just as portable as your XML - you can use it on any Java platform, with any major relational database, and it integrates seamlessly with your Java applications using an industry standard query language A generalized language that allows a user to select records from a database. It uses a command language, menu-driven method or a query by example (QBE) format for expressing the matching condition. and processing API. DataDirect XQuery is a quantum leap quantum leap
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DataDirect XQuery is available today. For more information, please contact Nancy Vodicka at 919-461-4326, or visit our Web site at www.datadirect.com/xquery. Developers can also download the DataDirect XQuery for a free 15-day trial at: http://www.datadirect.com/downloads/registration/xquery/index.ssp
About DataDirect Technologies
DataDirect Technologies is focused on standards-based data connectivity, enabling software developers to quickly develop and deploy business applications across all major databases and platforms. DataDirect Technologies offers the most comprehensive, proven line of data connectivity components available anywhere. Developers worldwide at more than 250 leading independent software vendors and thousands of corporate IT departments rely on DataDirect(R) products to connect their applications to an unparalleled range of data sources using standards-based interfaces such as ODBC (Open DataBase Connectivity) A database programming interface from Microsoft that provides a common language for Windows applications to access databases on a network. , JDBC (Java DataBase Connectivity) A programming interface that lets Java applications access a database via the SQL language. Since Java interpreters (Java Virtual Machines) are available for all major client platforms, this allows a platform-independent database and ADO.NET. Developers also depend on DataDirect to radically simplify complex data integration projects using XML products based on the emerging XQuery and XQJ standards. DataDirect Technologies is an operating unit of Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS), a US$300+ million global software industry leader. Headquartered in Bedford, Mass., DataDirect Technologies can be reached on the Web at www.datadirect.com or by phone at +1-800-876-3101.
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