Informix Corporation announced support in Informix Internet Foundation.2000 for XML. With XML, Internet Foundation.2000 customers will be able to integrate existing data with their new E-commerce applications and efficiently exchange data with their customers, partners, and suppliers. Informix also announced its strategy to support XML across all of its products. Specifically, Informix announced: XML support in Internet Foundation.2000 – Available immediately, XML is supported through the newest version of the Informix Web DataBlade module. Hierarchical XML Data Storage – Allows Internet Foundation.2000 users the ability to import, export, store and query/index XML structures in their native hierarchical format. It provides a unique performance advantage over other approaches to storing XML documents in flat relational tables, where the use of a document’s structures when processing queries is lost. In the first half of the year 2000, Informix will deliver other XML-enabled products, including a server-based workflow engine that supports the communication of XML documents and enables rules to be embedded in documents for exception handling or processing. An XML metadata repository is also in development, which will make metadata uniformly accessible to tools and applications, regardless of the data source. Other XML-related standards like XSL, XML Schema, XML Query Language (XQL), XML Linking, and XML Infoset are planned to be supported as they are finalized by the W3C. Informix also announced its membership in the W3C and OASIS. www.informix.com
Lotus announced Domino Release 5 (R5) server support for XML and Microsoft Component Object Model (COM) technology. Lotus will provide an XML-based application-development environment for users. Combining Domino with the Lotus XSL processor extends Domino applications to clients such as browsers and handheld wireless devices via XSL stylesheets. Support for XML begins with the next quarterly update of Domino R5, allowing information to be viewed as an XML document. Domino R5 and Lotus Notes R5 Client will also support Microsoft COM, giving users the ability to create integrate Domino workflow, security, and messaging and collaboration capabilities into applications for Microsoft Windows. Microsoft Office users can add Notes and Domino data and workflow to desktop applications as well. Lotus Domino Application Server R5’s next quarterly update, including XML and COM support, is expected within the next 30 days. The Domino Application Server R5 is available now at a price of $1,795; the quarterly update is expected to be free of charge. www.lotus.com.
Oracle Corp. announced the delivery of Oracle Business Components for Java, a Java framework to help developers build, customize and deploy reusable components for both packaged and custom applications. Oracle Business Components for Java is a standards-based, server side framework for delivering scalable, high-performance Internet applications. With Oracle Business Components for Java, development time is reduced and customization is easier and therefore less costly than ever before. Oracle JDeveloper 3.0 will be generally available this month. Traditionally, in order to customize packaged applications developers were required to modify the original source code, a very time consuming and resource-intensive process. Oracle Business Components for Java eliminates this problem by using the XML to publish an application’s metadata. As a result, customizing an application is as easy as editing XML information, without requiring any changes to the original source code. Oracle Business Components for Java is a set of Java framework classes and re-entrant wizards that function within JDeveloper 3.0. The wizards automatically optimize and generate the framework code that handles the database interactions. This greatly reduces the complexity and time previously associated with application development and customization by now allowing developers to focus on the business logic, rather than the low-level database interactions. www.oracle.com
NextPage, LC,announced the LivePublish 2.0 suite of professional Internet and intranet publishing software products for the assembly and delivery of high-value content. LivePublish 2.0 is an XML-enabled enterprise publishing platform that gives commercial and corporate publishers flexibility and control over their content including simultaneous distribution of content through corporate portals, commercial Web sites and disconnected, browser-based CD-ROM/DVD. The new product suite will be available in late October 1999. The LivePublish Suite 2.0 consists of: LivePublish Builder: The tool to assemble and index native source documents such as XML and MS Word. LivePublish Builder integrates with document management and production systems; LivePublish Server; LivePublish Server Personal Edition; LivePublish Distribution Kit; and LivePublish ToolKit. NextPage LivePublish Suite 2.0 will be available in late October 1999. Corporate LivePublish Server pricing begins at $4,995 for 10 concurrent users.For commercial publishers, the LivePublish Server & Distribution Kit are priced at $9,995 plus additional fees for distribution of commercial publications. www.nextpage.com.
Xerox Corporation announced the availability of FlowPort, a server software platform designed to simplify knowledge-sharing and enhance productivity in the office. FlowPort provides a bridge between the paper and digital worlds by enabling users to capture and integrate paper-based documents into an organization
Lutris Technologies announced the inclusion of Enhydra, the Open Source Java/XML Application Server, on the Red Hat Application CD that ships with Official Red Hat Linux 6.1. Enhydra 2.2 is an Open Source application server that includes XMLC, XML Compiler. XMLC is a development tool that uses the popular Internet standards, XML and Document Object Model (DOM), for the creation of dynamic Web applications. Red Hat is the first commercial vendor to distribute Enhydra. Lutris realized that a complete Open Source Internet server platform was missing a critical piece: an application server. Enhydra provides the final part of this equation, the Open Source Java/XML application server for building Internet applications. www.enhydra.org