DataChannel will donate its XPages, an XML application markup language, to the Apache XML Project Open Source Library. The rapid adoption of XML has triggered an overwhelming demand for Open Source XML and XSL tools. DataChannel’s XPages is an XML application markup language for quickly building data-driven, cross-platform Web applications that integrate disparate data sources. XPages offers a dynamic application environment defined by an XML file that aggregates multiple data sources, makes that data URL addressable and defines custom methods to access that data for presentation at the desktop or other devices. The DataChannel submission to the XML.APACHE.ORG Project includes Java code for a servlet based engine. The Project code, along with developer participation guidelines, is available at http://xml.apache.org/, www.datachannel.com
Collabria, Inc. announced they will market Collabria PrintCommerce e-business service for printers, print resellers and print buyers through the Ariba Network business-to-business e-commerce platform. Collabria has joined Ariba Supplier Link (ASL) program, the Ariba supplier partner initiative designed to make goods and services readily available via the Internet.
Oracle Corp. announced the immediate availability of the beta version of Oracle XML Developer’s Kit-bundled components, tools and utilities for building and deploying XML-enabled applications to create and maintain e-business marketplaces. In addition, Oracle is also establishing an XML support program to help ensure consistent, reliable and speedy deployments of XML business-to-business infrastructures. The Oracle XML Developer’s Kit (Oracle XDK) is available for developers working in a variety of programming languages. It provides the XML infrastructure and reliability companies need to easily exchange information across systems to create more efficient systems for competing in today’s global business landscape. Specifically, Oracle XDK includes the following: XML Parsers: supporting Java, C, C++ and PL/SQL, the components create and parse XML using industry standard DOM and SAX interfaces. XSL Processor: transforms or renders XML into other text-based formats such as HTML. XML Class Generator: automatically generates Java and C++ classes to send XML data from Web forms or applications. And XML Transviewer Java Beans to visually view and transform XML documents and data via Java components. In order to provide support to Internet developers, XML experts in Oracle Support will provide both phone and Web-based support for Oracle XDK. Support will be free of charge to those with a current maintenance agreement for the Oracle database or Oracle Application Server. In addition, stand-alone support for Oracle XDK may be purchased online-via the Oracle Store at The beta version of Oracle XDK is immediately available for free via the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) at http://technet.oracle.com . The production version is scheduled to be available by the end of the year. www.oracle.com
Bluestone Software, Inc. announced the general availability of Bluestone Visual-XML 1.1, the latest release of the company’s toolkit for building XML applications. The new version expands XML options for intra- and inter-company integration and simplifies customization of dynamic XML applications. In doing so, Bluestone Visual-XML 1.1 provides easier application and data integration for users of Bluestone XML Suite, the company’s integration server framework, and Total-e-Business, Bluestone’s comprehensive e-business solution that includes XML Suite as its integration server component. Enhancements to Bluestone Visual-XML focus on expanding the reach of XML to customers, partners, and systems, as well as expediting the customization of XML-driven business systems to let users quickly
Cycle Software announced LiveData Server version 5.0 with XML. LiveData Server Version 5.0 with XML offers the innate power and flexibility of XML with the following special features: Fast and friendly schema mapping – Every external protocol and application is mapped into an object framework – a maximally flexible middle ground where it is possible to do the correct mappings from one to another. Bi-directional communication – Specific requests made via XML to server are coordinated into several underlying requests to different systems supported by LiveData Server such as ICCP. They are then intelligently mapped back up to an interactive, state-of-the art Web page or commonly deployed DBMS system. And support for the latest browser side Java Scripting techniques, including Microsoft extensions. LiveData Server Version 5.0 with XML will be available in Q1 2000. www.livedata.com
Corio, Inc. announced that BroadVision, Cognos and Commerce One have joined previously announced partners, PeopleSoft and Siebel to offer their respective solutions through the Corio Intelligent Enterprise. Corio continues to redefine the ASP model with the unveiling of the Corio Intelligent Enterprise, a modular solution offering applications in a pre-integrated package – over a secure network, for a monthly fee. By providing these functional applications on the Corio Intelligent Enterprise, Corio customers will enjoy all the benefits of an environment without the large costs and IT challenges associated with making them all work together. www.corio.com
South Wind Design, Inc. announced the release of xmlFX Developer Toolkit for C++(TM) v1.0 (xmlFX DTK) to expedite the development of business-to-business XML applications. Key benefits include Internet-readiness and an intuitive yet powerful XML query language (SXQL) for accessing and manipulating transactional XML documents. Because it leverages existing skill sets, there is little or no learning curve. The xmlFX DTK is targeted at the manipulation of transactional documents as opposed to display documents in a production environment that processes hundreds of thousands of XML transactions every day. Built-in Internet support empowers the user to read and write XML documents over the Web, using HTTP and FTP protocols. The xmlFX DTK is available now, complete with on-line documentation and Web-enabled technical support. The initial release targets Microsoft Visual C++ 6. The xmlFX DTK sells for $495 USD, and source code is available for an additional $795 USD. For a limited time, both packages are bundled at $995 USD, see www.swdi.com/products.htm . An evaluation edition will be available for free download soon. A 30-day satisfaction guarantee is in effect for the object code version. The xmlFX DTK is royalty-free. www.supportability.com
OASIS, the organization responsible for the continued maintenance of the DocBook DTD, has designated O’Reilly’s latest release, “DocBook: the Definitive Guide”, as the official documentation of the DocBook DTD. DocBook is a system for writing structured documents using SGML and XML. DocBook, provides all the elements you’ll need for technical documents of all kinds. A number of computer companies use DocBook for their documentation, as do several Open Source documentation groups, including the Linux Documentation Project (LDP). With the consistent use of DocBook, these groups can readily share and exchange information. With an XML-enabled browser, DocBook documents are as accessible on the Web as in print. “DocBook: The Definitive Guide” will be at your local bookstore, and in its entirety, online at www.oreilly.com/catalog/docbook/chapter/book/docbook.html