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ANNOUNCE: dbXML 0.2 source code release

Date:      Fri, 15 Sep 2000 12:38:28 -0700
From:      Kimbro Staken <>
Subject:   [dbXML-core-announce] ANNOUNCE: dbXML 0.2 source code release


The dbXML Group is proud to announce the 0.2 release of the dbXML Core Edition.

dbXML is the industry's first Open Source Native XML Database Application Server. It has been designed from the ground up as a complete solution to enterprise-wide XML integration and application provisioning. The dbXML Core Edition is a data management system designed specifically for collections of XML documents. It is easily embedded into existing applications, highly configurable, and openly extensible.

Between Versions 0.1 and 0.2, we have completely rewritten dbXML in Java. Because of the rewrite, we essentially started over from scratch about a month and a half ago. We've made incredible progress in that short amount of time, but there's still a bit left to do. Don't be fooled though, there's more than enough to digest, and the product is in a sufficient state that real-world applications can be developed with it. I didn't say production applications, just real-world. Production quality will come later.

There are a few major system modules that need to be written. These include a simple Query Mechanism for XPath expressions, a Query Engine that understands an industry-standard DDL and DML (which has yet to be identified), an Access Control system, and the dbXML Traversable, Compressed DOM. So, as you can see, there's a bit left to do, but in the past 1.5 months, the four of us have performed a minor miracle in getting dbXML into the shape that it's in.

The dbXML Core Edition is being released under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). If you'd like to download the source code, you are welcome to visit the Core project's web page at If you'd like to contribute to the project, we invite you to visit our SourceForge project page at

I'd like to thank Tom Bradford, Matthew Parry, and Brent Moore for the effort the've put in. Tom is the founder of dbXML and has been the primary engineer and architect behind the project. Matthew has been responsible for the underlying file management code, and Brent developed the command line tools and made it possible for us to build and run in Windows. Each has done done an excellent job, and their contributions to the project were instrumental in allowing us to release so quickly.

BTW, Tom and I will be attending XMLOne in San Jose, CA on October 3rd, and we'll be at XMLConnections in Scottsdale, AZ from October 4th to 6th, so if you're there, and you'd like to speak to us more about dbXML and XML technologies in general, we'd be happy to arrange a meeting.


Kimbro Staken
Chief Technology Officer
dbXML Group L.L.C

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.

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