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From "Kimbro Staken" <ksta...@dbxmlgroup.com>
Subject [ANN] dbXML 0.2 Native XML Database Source Code Release
Date Mon, 18 Sep 2000 14:39:39 GMT

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

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
http://www.dbxmlgroup.com/core.html.  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
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.

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