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Software AG's Natural Data Manipulation Language (DML)

Software AG Increases XML Support Within Its Natural Development Environment for Windows, UNIX and Linux Platforms

Natural version 6 Enables Developers to Access XML Documents Stored in the Company's Tamino XML Server Without Learning an XML-Specific Query Language

Philadelphia, PA, USA. December 09, 2003.

Software AG, Inc., a pioneer in XML solutions, today announced the availability of Natural version 6 for Windows, UNIX and Linux platforms. Software AG's popular 4GL development environment, which is currently installed at approximately 3,000 organizations worldwide, now enables Natural programmers to access XML documents stored in the company's Tamino XML Server without needing to learn an XML-specific query language. Natural version 6 also allows developers working in Windows to access Natural programs running in UNIX or on a mainframe - a capability the company calls Single-Point-of-Development. Both capabilities are designed to increase the speed and convenience of using Natural in an open systems environment. The announcement was made at the 2003 XML Conference and Exposition.

Increased XML Support

Thanks to an expanded XML tool kit and new language constructs, users of Natural version 6 can process XML documents with greater ease and flexibility. For example, developers can gain access to Software AG's Tamino XML Server using familiar Natural DML (Data Manipulation Language) statements, meaning that XML documents residing in Tamino can be queried from Natural without the developer having to learn XPath, XQuery or a similar XML-specific protocol. In addition, Websites and HTML pages can now be designed more easily and efficiently in Natural version 6 through the incorporation of XSL (Extensible Stylesheet Language) support and the implementation a revised Web interface.


The Single-Point-of-Development interface allows a Windows PC running Natural version 6 to access Natural programs running on Unix and mainframes - thus combining the flexible development potential found on a Windows operating system with the stability and performance of mainframe and Unix. Using Single-Point-of-Development, programs created in Windows can be modified directly on the server platform, thereby addressing versioning and synchronizing issues flowing from the need to save code separately on multiple platforms.

Single-Point-of-Development is available not only for the core Natural system, but also for four Natural add-ons: Natural Construct, Natural Engineer, Predict and Mainframe Navigator. These additional Natural engineering tools can therefore also be used via the Single-Point-of-Development interface.


Natural version 6 supports the following platforms: Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003; Sun Solaris; Hewlett-Packard HP-UX; IBM AIX; SUSE Linux (Intel and S/390) and Red Hat Linux. Product is shipping now.

About Natural

Natural is a complete 4GL development environment for designing, developing and employing business-critical applications. Natural has been on the market since 1979 and is installed at approximately 3,000 organizations around the world. Natural runs on all popular platforms, including mainframes, Windows, Unix, Linux and Open VMS. This component-based development environment allows access to all layers, from clients to business logic and databases, and works with any applications via either direct interfaces or Software AG's EntireX integration server.

About Software AG, Inc.

Based in Reston, Va., Software AG, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Software AG headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany. Founded in 1969, Software AG continues to be Europe's largest and a leading global provider of system software and services enabling enterprise data integration and management. Software AG's products control the central IT processes of thousands of renowned companies worldwide including Lufthansa, Siemens, Citibank, Merck, DaimlerChrysler, Sony, BP and Telefonica. Software AG develops products and solutions that support the XML (Extensible Markup Language) standard. XML simplifies the exchange of documents and data as well as the integration of cutting-edge Web applications into traditional IT architectures. Software AG works with such sales and technology partners as Tridion, Stellent and IXOS. In 2002, the corporation achieved 475 million euros in total revenue. Software AG has offices in over 70 countries and currently employs a staff of more than 2,700.


Software AG, Inc.
Reston, VA, USA
Jim Fowler
Tel: +1 703-391-8376

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