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DataDirect Technologies Releases DataDirect XQuery to Simplify XML and Relational Data Integration

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

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