Geekspeak: April 22, 2002

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2002-04-25 Print this article Print
Last month, IBM posted an online walk-though showing, in more detail than it has before, how it will be add XML features to DB2. Click here for the walkthrough Xperanto is the code name for IBMs next generation data integration technology. Xperanto is three things: a query processor that accepts data queries in XQuery syntax; a federated query technology able to query data in all the popular databases as well as XML documents, Microsoft Corp. Excel spreadsheets, Web services and document management systems; and an Extensible Stylesheet Language-based transformation engine that turns output data in XML into other formats suitable for integrating into a client application. The whitepaper on Xperanto at is worth reading. Xperantos technology is scheduled to be in beta later this year and to ship next year, probably integrated directly into DB2.
"DB2 is at the very core of how we intend to solve customer integration problems," said Jim Kleewein, an IBM distinguished engineer and Xperantos principal architect, in an interview. The full inteview can be found here.
Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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