What's New

Here you will find notices of important changes to the web site, or new information important to the XML:DB community.

The Press Kit contains information on:

  • what the XML:DB Initiative is
  • the mission of XML:DB
  • the founders of XML:DB

Latest News

Cincom Systems, Inc. releases TOTAL XML 2.0 with XML:DB implementation

April 11, 2003 - Cincom Systems, Inc. announced today that they have released TOTAL XML 2.0 with an implementation of the XML:DB API. This implementation includes the Core and Transaction APIs. TOTAL XML is a native XML database management system and data integration server, supporting access to relational, pre-relational and non-relational data. Please see for more information.

GemStone Systems, Inc. Joins XML:DB Initiative

March 17, 2003 - GemStone Systems, the developer of the GemFire Suite, joined the XML:DB Initiative. The GemFire Suite is used for data integration, grid computing, clustering, Web Services, real time applications, and reference data solutions.

XML:DB Lexus 0.3 released

November 14, 2002 - The XUpdate Working Group is pleased to announce the release of XML:DB Lexus 0.3. This release contains enhancements for Namespaces. Additionally dependencies on third party tools were removed. XML:DB Lexus now uses the XML:DB Common package which provides common interfaces and implementations. See here for more details.

Software AG releases XML:DB API implementation for Tamino

September 30, 2002 - Software AG is pleased to announce the availability of an XML:DB API implementation. The Tamino XML:DB API is a Java implementation of the XML:DB API specification. The Tamino implementation meets all the requirements for "Core Level 1" compliance. Please see here for more details and download links.

Cincom Systems, Inc. Joins XML:DB Supporting Standardization Effort

September 16, 2002 - Cincom Systems Inc., one of the world's most experienced software and services provider, joined the XML:DB initiative. Cincom develops SocratesXML, a world-class XML data manager that can manage, persist, query, integrate and migrate mainframe, relational, and non-relational data to the entire enterprise. SocratesXML provides a number of standard database and XML APIs. In supporting the XML:DB initiative Cincom hopes to promote the development of standards for XML database APIs.

Graphical Interface for XML:DB compliant databases

August 22, 2002 - The Titanium Group at the Distributed Systems Technology Centre, Australia, has published the first version of XMLdbGUI - a graphical interface for XML:DB API compliant databases. XMLdbGUI allows the user to browse the collection tree, insert, update, and delete documents, add and delete collections, import and export documents from and to the file system and finally search using XPath expressions (with support for namespaces).

eXist 0.8 available for download

August 5, 2002 - Wolfgang M. Meier has released eXist version 0.8. This version is available for download below. Beginning with 0.8, the database engine can run either as a stand-alone server process, inside a servlet-engine or embedded into an application. The XML:DB API implementation has been extended. The API now provides two implementations: The first talks to a remote database, the second has direct access to a local database instance running in the same virtual machine. Using the xmldb pseudo-protocol, resources stored in eXist may be directly referenced in Cocoon's site map. Additional changes include a new XSP logicsheet based on the XML:DB API, a SOAP interface, WebDAV support, several performance improvements and lots of bug-fixes.

XUpdate port based on Xalan-C++ is available

June 17, 2002 - A Library EnAbling XUpdate usage (LEA) is available at under LGPL license. This first release is a DLL built on VisualC++, but should be easily compiled with gcc on linux (courageous volonteers and testers are welcome).

XML:DB Lexus 0.2.2 Published

April 5, 2002 - The XUpdate Working Group has released XML:DB Lexus 0.2.2. The new release mainly provides bug fixes for Namespace processing. Comments are welcome. Read about the XUpdate Working Group.

SiXDML now an XML:DB Initiative Project

February 18, 2002 - The SiXDML project, initilized by Dare Obasanjo, has become an XML:DB project. SiXDML was designed to create a common syntax and semantics for performing tasks most often required of XML repositories. SiXDML consists of two parts; a data definition and manipulation language inspired by SQL and an application programming interface based on the XML:DB Database API.

Orient Technologies Joins Growing XML:DB Initiative

January 7, 2002 -

Lexus Development moved over to XML:DB

November 26, 2001 - The development of Lexus, the reference implementation of the XUpdate specification, was moved over to the XML:DB Initiative. In concern with this the ongoing development of Lexus shall be granted in the long run. Lexus is a Java based implementation that is used in several Open Source projects and commercial products.

Neocore, Inc. Supports XML:DB Initiative

November 26, 2001 - Neocore, Inc., a leading XML database provider and the developer of the Neocore XML Information Management System (XMS), joined the XML:DB Initiative. Neocores XMS is a high-performance native XML database designed to support the flexibility and scalability inherent in XML.

Right Order, Inc. Joins XML:DB Initiative

October 22, 2001 - Right Order, Inc. offers a family of infrastructure software products that enables an enterprise to meet its data management demands for flexibility and scalability without compromising performance. All of their products employ RightOrders patented Index Fabric(tm) technology.

Collasoft Corporation Joins XML:DB Effort

October 12, 2001 - Collasoft Corporation, a software development company established in early 2001, is a company focusing on the development of a new breed of smart web-based applications and components utilizing A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) in the corporate Intranet environment. Besides this, Collasoft also develops diversified traditional software applications, all of which uses XML technology as the foundation for data sharing and storage.

XML:DB API Working Draft Revision

September 24, 2001 - An updated working draft and use cases document for the XML:DB API has been released. Along with this release a new implementation for eXist is available, as is an updated dbXML implementation. The XML:DB API is an access API for XML databases similar in scope to ODBC or JDBC. See the XML:DB API project page for more information. Comments and discussion should be directed to the mailing list.

Expert Developers Inc. Joins Growing XML:DB Initiative

June 5, 2001 - Expert Developers Inc., a consulting company founded in 1996, joined the XML:DB Initiative. Expert Developers Inc. provides both training and guidance in the most current technologies. They're experts in legacy technologies and methods of integrating legacy and web based systems as well as the technologies used for today's multi-tier, business to business architectures.

XYZFind Corp. Joins XML:DB Supporting Standardization Effort

May 21, 2001 - XYZFind Corp., the developer of the native XML Database XYZFind joined the XML:DB Initiative. XYZFind provides schema-independent storage of XML documents. When storing documents XYZFind indexes each and every element and XYZFind's query language XYZQL provides a powerfull XML-based query language.

XML:DB API Working Draft Updated

May 07, 2001 - An updated working draft and use cases document for the XML:DB API has been released. With this update some initial implementations are starting to appear. The XML:DB API is an access API for XML databases similar in scope to ODBC or JDBC. See the XML:DB API project page for more information. Comments and discussion should be directed the the mailing list.

VBCnet GB Ltd. Joins XML:DB Effort

April 24, 2001 - VBCnet GB Ltd., a UK-based internet service provider, joined XML:DB. VBCnet has general interest in the use of XML for handling data and is modifying all of their internal software in this direction.

XML:DB API Working Draft Released

March 15, 2001 - A new working draft and use cases document for the XML:DB API has been released for discussion. The XML:DB API is a access API for XML databases similar in scope to ODBC or JDBC. See the XML:DB API project page for more information. Comments and discussion should be directed the the mailing list.

Database Design Solutions, Inc. Joins Growing XML:DB Initiative

March 2, 2001 - Database Design Solutions, Inc., a vendor-neutral consultancy that takes today's corporate data and makes it accessible and accurate for immediate business decisions, joined XML:DB. Database Design Solutions, Inc. analyzes existing data and then re-designs, consolidates, and provides metadata-based gateways to the renewed environment without adding redundancy or conflict.

Developers of DBDOM Join XML:DB Initiative

February 22, 2001 - ITER, an international group of software developers and the developers of DBDOM have joined the XML:DB Initiative. DBDOM is an implementation of the W3C DOM API in SQL layered over a relational database platform turning it into an XML application server.

Cog Data Services L.L.C. Joins XML:DB Initiative

February 18, 2001 - Cog Data Services L.L.C. joined the XML:DB Initiative. Cog Data's primary interest and goal as a consulting firm is to provide value-added data processing services, primarily consisting of ABAP, IDoc and Workflow system development. Their primary focus is on customer service and regard it as the "make or break" factor in any industry.

PyBiz, Inc. Joins XML:DB Effort

February 16, 2001 - PyBiz, Inc., the developer of XDisect and other tools for E-Commerce and E-Business, joined the XML:DB Initiative. XDisect, written in Python, provides high speed XML indexing and searching. Along with XDisect PyBiz also offers consulting services to apply PyBiz products to specific customer needs.

X-Hive Corporation Joins XML:DB to Support Standards for XML Databases

February 15, 2001 - X-Hive Corporation, the developer of the X-Hive/DB, joined the XML:DB Initiative. X-Hive/DB provides a revolutionary new way to store, retrieve and query XML documents. It is suited for mission-critical applications requiring the storage of very large volumes of such documents.

New Draft API Interfaces Available For Discussion

January 3, 2001 - Updated draft API interfaces have been posted to facilitate discussion in the XML:DB API working group.

XML Global Joins XML:DB Initiative

January 3, 2001 - XML Global, the Vancouver B.C. based developer of the XML search engine, joined the XML:DB Initiative. XML Global and its partners are dedicated to bringing the power of XML to the forefront via solutions such as the Internet's first usable, context-based, XML search engine.

Arriya Solutions Joins Growing XML:DB Initiative

December 28, 2000 - Arriya Solutions, a Tokyo-based mobile Internet Solutions Provider, joined the XML:DB Initiative. Arriya Solutions provides customized end-to-end mobile Internet solutions built on their Java-based ArriyaXML platform. Arriya enables companies to quickly and elegantly extend their businesses to mobile environments.

Fourthought, Inc. Joins XML:DB Initiative

December 19, 2000 - Fourthought, Inc., a leading provider of XML solutions, joined the XML:DB Initiative. Fourthought's 4Suite ServerTM platform provides leading technology for pure XML solutions and the flexibility for clean integration into existing application servers or other systems. Fourthought brings extensive experience with many open software technologies in addition to XML, and its strategic consulting services underlie Web-based solutions for portals, intranets, on-line communities and customer contact management.

Lexus 0.2 Released

December 11, 2000 - The Infozone Group has announced the release of Lexus 0.2, the first JavaTM-based implementation that fully supports the XUpdate specification WD-2000-09-14. Version 0.2 is a bugfix release with many performance improvements. Download the Lexus sources. A Web CVS access is also available.

XUpdate Requirements Published

November 24, 2000 - As part of the XML Update Language Project, the XUpdate Working Group has released a Working Draft of the XML Update Language Requirements. The draft lists the goals and requirements for the specification of an XML Update Language. Please send comments to the Developer List

First Draft API for XML Databases available

November 17, 2000 - After a long time of discussions about the requirements of an Application Programming Interface (API) for XML Databases is the first Draft API available online. Tom Bradford and Kimbro Staken from the dbXML Group proposed a first Draft API based on the JavaTM programming language. This document is at a very early stage and so not to be considered an official or final draft. Join the mailing list or read the mail archive to keep you informed about the ongoing process of development.

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