XML: The Talk of the Tech Industry
XML has become the overall magic elixir for what ails the tech industry.When Suns Jon Bosak led the team that developed the first XML spec in 1996, I doubt he envisioned a day when competitors Oracle and Microsoft would become two of the standards champions. In Redmond, nearly every phrase heard in the hallways includes XML used as a noun, verb, adjective and overall magic elixir for what ails the technology industry. And as this weeks lead eWEEK Labs review states, the latest version of Oracles database embraces XML wholeheartedly. Oracle9i is a huge, sprawling product difficult for any but the most advanced reviewers to take on. As Labs West Coast Technical Director Timothy Dyck notes, in addition to being a relational and an XML database, 9i Release 2 is also an application server, message server, OLAP server and data mining server. That is about as close as you can come to an IT infrastructure all-in-one product. The Oracle developers have done a good job with the difficult task of incorporating the XML capabilities while also improving the overall performance. An accompanying article by Senior Writer Anne Chen examines whether customers are ready to upgrade to 9i.
Not to be outdone in the database battles, IBM has released its first open beta of DB2. Once again, we asked Tim to take a look at the innards of Version 8.1. Not surprisingly, he found XML improvements that bring DB2 up-to-date with other XML standards work.