IBM on Thursday is expected to put on its alphaWorks site a downloadable prototype of the developing XQuery standard for developers and customers to tinker with.
The prototype, called XML for Tables, is a kind of language translator that can be incorporated into IBMs DB2 Universal database. It illustrates the use of the XQuery interface to transform structured data in relational databases into XML data. IBM is also making available XML Registry, a method for user groups to catalog, organize, find and share XML information, including data pertaining to Web services.
The nascent XQuery standard is viewed as a crucial bridge to cover the gap between SQL (Structured Query Language) and the unstructured data expressed in XML format. Oracle Corp. also has a prototype of XQuery on its site.
The news follows close on the heels of IBM and Microsoft Corp.s submission of an XQuery test suite to the W3C last week.
The company on Thursday also planned to announce at its developerWorks Live show, in New Orleans, a DB2 .Net Enablement beta program to enable developers to create .Net-based applications that work with DB2 data. To learn more and download beta code, click here.
Finally, the Somers, N.Y., company is also launching the DB2 Database Porting Zone, a centralized Web site that consolidates knowledge needed to port to DB2. The Zone is expected to launch on April 24 and will be located at http://www.ibm.com/software/data/developer.
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