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Object Design Launches eXcelon Developer Network

Object Design Launches eXcelon Developer Network and 'Learning Edition' of eXcelon eBusiness Information Server

eXcelon Developer Network and eXcelon Learning Edition provide comprehensive education and support resources to XML eBusiness developers

BURLINGTON, MA. September 07, 1999.

Object Design, Inc. today announced that it has launched the eXcelon Developer Network (EDN), a new Web-based educational facility and support program designed to help people master XML eBusiness development for applications such as Web e-commerce, electronic data interchange, enterprise application integration and knowledge management.

The EDN is an interactive Web community that allows participants to access educational materials and exchange information on XML development. Resources on the EDN site include code samples, live demos, success stories, free utilities, discussion forums, white papers, job postings and beta software.

Concurrently with the launch of EDN, Object Design has delivered a new Learning Edition (LE) of its eXcelon XML eBusiness Information Server, the industry's only solution for building and deploying XML eBusiness applications.

eXcelon LE is a low-cost version of Object Design's eXcelon XML eBusiness Information Server that provides everything developers need to learn how to use XML and to build application prototypes.

"Our goal is for the EDN to be the most useful site on the Internet for developers seeking to get up to speed quickly on XML," said Larry Alston, vice president of operations for Object Design's eXcelon division. "By joining the EDN, developers can get valuable information and new ideas on how to build XML-based eBusiness applications, while also finding business opportunities where they can turn their ideas into revenue."

There are two levels of EDN membership: basic and gold. EDN basic membership is free of charge and includes a 45-day trial version of eXcelon and access to the EDN Web site. EDN gold membership costs $99 and includes eXcelon LE as well as enhanced technical support, early access to eXcelon beta software and substantial discounts on eXcelon training. Developers can access the EDN from the eXcelon Web site,

EDN participants who wish to resell the eXcelon professional edition can join the eXtreme Advantage Partner Program, which is a full-featured technical, training, marketing and support program for systems integrators, resellers and solution providers seeking to succeed in the rapidly expanding market for XML-based eBusiness applications.

About Object Design

Object Design, Inc. (, provides innovative information-management solutions to companies throughout the world. Object Design's eXcelon division develops and markets the eXcelon eBusiness information server, a product that enables companies to gain competitive advantage by leveraging the extensibility and flexibility of eXtensible Markup Language (XML) in eBusiness applications. Object Design's ObjectStore division develops and markets ObjectStore, the leading object data-management system for Java, C++ and Web applications. The company backs its products with comprehensive training, services and support. Headquartered in Burlington, Mass., Object Design sells and supports its products through branch offices across the U.S., international subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Japan and Australia, and a worldwide network of distributors.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding Object Design's business, including statements with respect to the range of expected total revenues, expected net loss per share and future market opportunities and prospects, which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.

NOTE: Object Design, the Object Design logo and ObjectStore are registered trademarks of Object Design, Inc. eXcelon is a trademark of Object Design, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


     Object Design, Inc.
     Andy Murphy, 781-674-5300

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