OpenLink Upgrades Virtuoso Database

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-05-07 Print this article Print

Virtuoso 3.10 introduces the ability to expose, as a SOAP- and WSDL-compliant XML Web service, its Query Template feature.

OpenLink Software Inc. next week will release Virtuoso 3.10, an upgrade to its cross-platform virtual database for SQL, XML and Web services. Virtuoso 3.10 introduces the ability to expose, as a SOAP- and WSDL-compliant XML Web service, its Query Template feature. Query Template enables XQuery-based queries to be stored in XML-based template files. Also new is the ability to create user-definable types from any SOAP- and WSDL-based XML Web service. Web services can be used as database types to describe table columns, or as part of a function or stored procedure used in a SQL query that hits different databases or XML data sources. This adds to Virtuosos current ability to create user-defined types from .NET, Mono, and J2EE-based objects.
Virtuoso 3.10 also broadens the pool of Web services available to users with the addition of support for RPC and DocLiteral SOAP operation types.
The update also adds support for Solaris, HP-UX and AIX to the products support mix, which up to now included Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Virtuoso 3.10 also now enables the use of XQuery with XML documents that have been generated on the fly from SQL, or from a combination of SQL and other XML sources. Also coming out on May 13 are application modules that enable the product to act as a data junction box for XML, SQL, Multimedia, and Free Text data, making data accessible via Web services, WebDAV, XQuery, Xpath and SQL. Virtuoso 3.10 pricing starts at $599 for a five-concurrent connection license. A 30-day evaluation copy of Version 3 can be downloaded here. OpenLink is located in Burlington, Mass. Latest Stories by Lisa Vaas:
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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