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DataChannel Releases XJParser

DataChannel Releases the Most Advanced XML Parser -- XJParser -- and Introduces xDev, Its XML Developers Program

BELLEVUE, WA. April 16, 1999.

DataChannel announced today the immediate availability of the latest XJParser, a cornerstone of its XML Toolkit for XMLFramework and the XML Developers Program, xDev.

Formerly referred to as the DataChannel XJ2 Parser, co-developed with Microsoft, the new release adds substantial functionality with significant improvements in performance. DataChannel's XML Developers Program, xDev is designed to showcase developers work and real-world implementations and provide the XML tools and technology needed to realize the true power of XML. The XJParser can be downloaded at the new xDev site at

XJParser becomes the industry's most complete, reliable, and innovative XML parser for delivering powerful, server-based enterprise applications utilizing open web-standards. XJParser is the cornerstone of its XML Toolkit for XMLFramework. DataChannel's XML Framework is an extensive portfolio of enterprise solutions designed to capitalize on the Information Economy through the use of the Extensible Mark-up Language (XML). DataChannel's joint development agreement with Microsoft allows DataChannel to independently extend the functionality and performance of XJParser to cross-platform environments making DataChannel the first company to offer cross-platform parser functionality.

With over 5,000 beta users, XJParser has been utilized in a diverse set of scenarios from small department applications to large commercial enterprise applications. Csoft International, an advanced applications vendor, is using XML and the XJParser to create standard data formats for their applications. They provide state-of-the-art software solutions for the retail industry, which gather point-of-sale and other transaction profiling information. Data originates from various disparate sources and Csoft needed a cutting edge solution to access these multiple information stores.

"Our products must be capable of exchanging information with a wide range of disparate systems from legacy based to architectures using the latest emerging technologies," said Terry Bissonette, senior software engineer, CSoft International. "The XJParser showcases XML as an ideal data exchange medium to the standards bodies and peer vendors in our industry. We have used it to build a general framework that manages the simultaneous exchange of XML data with one or more trading partners. We are looking forward to implementing the new XJParser with its improved performance and are confident it will extend our capacity to integrate data from any source."

XJParser Feature Overview

Extended functionality of XJ Parser includes:

  • XML 1.0 Standards Compliance with a complete set of W3C interfaces to ensure interoperability with applications and web-based technologies.

  • Simple API for XML (SAX) 1.0 to optimize performance parsing large documents utilizing an event-based API. Additional support for third-party SAX drivers is also included.

  • Integrated eXtensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) processor providing seamless, integrated XML parsing and transformation in one package.

  • Supports and extends full XML functionality in Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0.

  • Validating support for DTDs and XML schema to verify true and error-free XML data.

  • Exception and Error Handling to handle Java exceptions as well as trapping errors for developer productivity.

  • Advanced query language support through emerging W3C standards support like data typing, XSL pattern matching, and node transformation.

Developers will also enjoy tremendous support with comprehensive documentation, integrated sample libraries, technical support and host of other benefits introduced in xDev DataChannel's new developers program.

XJParser can be downloaded from DataChannel at:

Introducing xDev

DataChannel also announces the XML Developers Program, providing early adopter developers direct access to leading edge XML resources from cutting edge XML developers. To provide fellow developers with the best in tools, techniques and tips, DataChannel has created a developer program highlighting the latest tools and expertise in the XML arena. DataChannel's one stop shop for XML knowledge will also include analysis & explanations of the latest W3C Standards and Proposals, discussion groups on the hottest topics, and the tools and technologies which simplify XML development. In addition, DataChannel will offer creative support and co-marketing arrangements to help developers leverage their ideas towards the advancement of XML and their professional growth.

Many of these ideas contributed to the rich functionality of the new XJParser. These new offerings will be rolled out in xDev and are described on Developers should take the opportunity today to download the XJParser and give DataChannel input on key elements of xDev and to extend the standardization and state-of-the-art of XML technology.

"We continue to push ourselves to remain the innovative leaders in the XML market space but we cannot do it alone. Our success is dependent upon the thousands of expert developers that understand this technology and know how to create real business solutions with it. Although we will lead the way, the true value of xDev comes from the sharing of ideas and technology amongst the XML development community. We are committed to creating a world class forum that can bring together the greatest minds and ideas in the XML world," said Tim Gelinas, vice president of development who will oversee the xDev program.

Overview of DataChannel's XML Framework

DataChannel's XML Framework is an extensive portfolio of enterprise solutions designed to capitalize on the Information Economy through the use of the Extensible Mark-up Language (XML). This XML Framework creates universal access to mission-critical structured information as well as the ever-increasing amount of unstructured data. Information sources may originate from external newsfeeds such as NewsEdge; search engines such as Yahoo!, Excite, InfoSeek, and Lycos; relational databases, from companies such as Informix Software, Sybase, Microsoft Sequel Server and Oracle; Enterprise ERP applications, such as SAP, PeopleSoft, and Baan; and enterprise corporate data from companies such as Wall Data and IBM . DataChannel's XML Framework offering consists of: XML Professional Services, Solutions Software, XML Tools and Technologies, XML Training, and Support Services. DataChannel develops and markets enterprise information management solutions to unleash the power of the enterprise information portal.

About DataChannel, Inc.

DataChannel Inc., founded in 1996, is a privately held company. It is a value-added integrator of XML-based, market-leading Information Management solutions and services that facilitate the way companies share information with employees, vendors, customers, and consumers across intranets, extranets and the Internet. These solutions are offered through DataChannel's XML Framework, an extensive portfolio of enterprise solutions designed to capitalize on the Information Economy through the use of the Extensible Markup Language (XML). It includes RIO, an Enterprise Information Portal solution connecting users of the portal to relevant information sources.

DataChannel simplifies the process of delivering critical information to the right people at the right time.

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DataChannel, Inc.
Carl Andrews
Tel: +1 425/974-4177

Prepared by Robin Cover for the The SGML/XML Web Page archive.

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