Sleepycat Software announced the general availability of Berkeley DB XML 2.0. The major new release includes support for XQuery 1.0 as well as performance and usability enhancements. New features in Berkeley DB XML 2.0 include: XQuery 1.0 support that allows application portability through complying with the July 2004 draft of the XQuery standard, XPath 2.0 support that allows the selection of a portion of an XML document, PHP API support to enable developers using the PHP scripting languages to work with XML documents, improved query performance that can be up to 10 times faster for multi-megabyte XML documents, ability to control storage granularity of documents (whole documents or nodes) to optimize query performance, XML document streaming into database that simplifies how documents are stored, and documents can now be streamed in from an URI, memory, or file. www.sleepycat.com

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