[ANNOUNCE] DataDirect Technologies Releases DataDirect XQuery to Simplify XML and Relational Data In

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    DataDirect XQuery(TM) is the First Embeddable Component for XQuery That
    is Modeled after the XQuery API for Java(TM) (XQJ)

    BEDFORD, Mass.--Sept. 20, 2005--DataDirect Technologies
    (http://www.datadirect.com), the software industry leader in
    standards-based components for connecting applications to data and an
    operating unit of Progress Software Corporation, today announced the
    release of DataDirect XQuery(TM), the first embeddable component for
    XQuery that is modeled after the XQuery API for Java(TM) (XQJ).
    Developers can download a free trial of DataDirect XQuery today at:

    "Internet developers typically spend much of their time creating and
    restructuring XML, using data from many sources, generally including
    relational data. This task is much too tedious in most environments.
    Using DataDirect XQuery, which is based on the W3C's XML Query
    (XQuery), simplifies the programming task significantly, solving the
    same problems with much less code," said Jonathan Robie, Program
    Manager for DataDirect XQuery and an editor of the W3C XQuery
    specification. "Using DataDirect XQuery means that your applications
    can run on any Java platform, accessing data from the major relational
    databases, using any Web server or application server, or using no
    server at all. And DataDirect XQuery performs quite well, even when
    your query creates large XML results."

    DataDirect XQuery supports all major relational databases, including
    Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server 2000, IBM DB2, and Sybase, on any Java
    platform, allowing developers to query XML, relational databases, or a
    combination of the two. Query results can be used for XML-based data
    exchange, XML-driven Web sites, and other applications that require or
    leverage the power of XML. DataDirect XQuery provides IT professionals
    with a highly productive, powerful, simple, and standards-based
    approach to XML and relational data integration.

    Simplifying XML and Relational Data Integration

    DataDirect XQuery simplifies XML and relational data integration by
    providing developers with an XQuery implementation that offers greater
    productivity, performance and interoperability for building
    standards-based data integration applications, and here's how:

    · Productivity: Web services, Web sites, data integration, and
    publishing are just a few examples of the many types of applications
    that need data from many sources, including relational and XML. For the
    first time, DataDirect XQuery enables developers to easily process both
    XML and relational data using industry-standard XQuery. DataDirect
    XQuery simplifies application development by reducing the amount of
    code developers write and maintain to use XML and relational data
    together. The result: reduced application complexity, shorter
    development cycles and more powerful applications - all based on the
    current W3C XQuery standard yet to be finalized.
    · Performance: DataDirect XQuery optimizes and mediates query
    performance when accessing relational data. DataDirect XQuery is
    designed to move the minimum amount of data out of the database - for
    example, XQuery code is converted to SQL statements which are executed
    on the database server - thus providing the best performance possible.
    · Interoperability: It's easy to embed DataDirect XQuery in
    applications: it does not require any other product or application
    server, it has no server of its own, it is not tied to a specific
    vendor database or database version, and it is based on the current
    version W3C XQuery and XQuery API for Java (XQJ) standards yet to be
    finalized. Application developers can write one easy-to-maintain
    application, regardless of the databases and versions they are using -
    Oracle, DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, or Sybase. This approach results in
    more extensible and interoperable applications which are insulated from
    the frequent database updates and changes in the database vendor tools.

    "In the past, our web-based XML Human Resources applications generated
    and sent XML data using data stored in an Oracle database," said Mark
    Zimmerman, VP of IT, at Gevity, a leading provider of employee
    management solutions. "We found DataDirect XQuery to be fast, scalable,
    and reliable. And because DataDirect XQuery allows us to leave the data
    access code in the middle tier, and not tied to a specific database,
    our application is insulated from any changes in the back end,
    improving application interoperability. Overall, we're very pleased
    with DataDirect XQuery."

    "Most XQuery implementations either work only with XML files in memory,
    or are bound to a particular database or application server - these are
    serious restrictions if your organization or partners have different
    databases, require scalability, or need to integrate with legacy data,"
    said Jerry King, Vice President of the XML Products Group at DataDirect
    Technologies. "DataDirect XQuery is the first and only product that
    truly makes your XQuery just as portable as your XML - you can use it
    on any Java platform, with any major relational database, and it
    integrates seamlessly with your Java applications using an industry
    standard query language and processing API. DataDirect XQuery is a
    quantum leap forward in data integration technology, providing
    developers with more power, performance and interoperability than ever
    before, and developers can download and try it out today."


    DataDirect XQuery is available today. For more information, please
    contact Nancy Vodicka at 919-461-4326, or visit our Web site at
    www.datadirect.com/xquery. Developers can also download the DataDirect
    XQuery for a free 15-day trial at:

    About DataDirect Technologies

    DataDirect Technologies is focused on standards-based data
    connectivity, enabling software developers to quickly develop and
    deploy business applications across all major databases and platforms.
    DataDirect Technologies offers the most comprehensive, proven line of
    data connectivity components available anywhere. Developers worldwide
    at more than 250 leading independent software vendors and thousands of
    corporate IT departments rely on DataDirect® products to connect their
    applications to an unparalleled range of data sources using
    standards-based interfaces such as ODBC, JDBC and ADO.NET. Developers
    also depend on DataDirect to radically simplify complex data
    integration projects using XML products based on the emerging XQuery
    and XQJ standards. DataDirect Technologies is an operating unit of
    Progress Software Corporation, a US$300+ million global software
    industry leader. Headquartered in Bedford, Mass., DataDirect
    Technologies can be reached on the Web at www.datadirect.com or by
    phone at +1-800-876-3101.

    DataDirect and DataDirect XQuery are trademarks or registered
    trademarks of DataDirect Technologies Corp. in the U.S. and other
    countries. Java and all Java based marks are trademarks or registered
    trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and in other
    countries. Any other trademarks contained herein are the property of
    their respective owner

    DataDirect Technologies
    Nancy Vodicka, 919-461-4326
    Stylus Studio, Sep 20, 2005
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