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Day: December 13, 1999 (Page 2 of 2)

Merant Introduces New XML Technology

MERANT unveiled DataDirect Connect for XML. DataDirect Connect for XML reduces the amount of work required to implement XML for data integration, helping customers rapidly implement business-to-business systems. MERANT’s new XML technology will be key to helping companies rapidly adopt XML, providing a way to exchange and integrate data across standard tools and applications like Microsoft Visual Basic, Seagate Info and Allaire ColdFusion. DataDirect Connect for XML provides SQL capabilities to applications accessing XML data, increasing customer flexibility, speeding deployment of new applications and leveraging existing skills and tools. DataDirect Connect for XML is one of the technologies fundamental to helping companies implement MERANT’s Egility Data Integration solution for e-business. The MERANT Egility Data Integration solution combines products and services that help extend the effectiveness of data in the enterprise value chain, enabling rapid and dynamic access to integrated information for an organization’s customers, partners, suppliers and employees. MERANT Egility Data Integration empowers businesses for change by equipping them with a data integration strategy to respond to rapidly changing market dynamics.

Binary Evolution Releases Velocigen 2.0

Binary Evolution, Inc. announced the release of VelociGen 2.0, an upgrade to their application server, which improves web server performance. The 2.0 release also includes extensions for parsing and manipulating XML documents. The most common cause of slow web site performance is the web server’s inability to respond quickly, due to the bottleneck of CGIs accessing information from the database. VelociGen solves this problem by enabling the web server to respond at speeds that are 25 times faster than CGI scripts. This results in web customers receiving faster replies to their requests. VelociGen gains its speed advantages by maintaining persistent Perl and Tcl processing engines, pooling database connections, and byte-compiling and caching scripts. As a web site’s traffic increases, VelociGen’s scalable, load-balancing architecture allows easy expansion of capacity to meet the demand. Applications based on VelociGen can be developed once on a single platform then deployed onto nearly any platform, any operating system and any database. VelociGen installs on UNIX and Microsoft NT Servers and interacts with database engines via industry-standard protocols such as ODBC and SQL. Perl and Tcl extensions exist for many commercial and freely available database servers including Oracle, Informix, Sybase, DB2, Mysql and Msql, or any other ODBC compliant database. Extensions also exist for manipulating GIF images and generating graphs and charts. VelociGen runs on Sun-Netscape iPlanet Web Server, Netscape Fasttrack/Enterprise Server, Apache, Microsoft IIS/PWS, O’Reilly WebSite Pro, or any other ISAPI compatible web server. Platforms supported are Windows NT Intel, Solaris SPARC, SGI IRIX, HP-UX, AIX and Linux Intel.

MessageMedia Teams with R.R. Donnelley

MessageMedia Inc. announced it has signed an exclusive agreement with R.R. Donnelley Online Services, the Internet solutions group of R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company. Under the agreement, MessageMedia will offer e-mail-based newsletters to customers of R.R. Donnelley Online’s ePublish, a program designed to allow magazine publishers to quickly develop a quality web site and online presence. ePublish ( will design, build and run web sites for magazine companies, incorporating tools and technology that are centered on content management, community building and commerce. The program brings technology and functionality to its product platform to meet the demanding needs of magazine publishers and online users.

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