XML news from Datachannel

Daniel Austin daniela at cnet.com
Fri Apr 16 23:58:55 BST 1999

This might be of interest to XML developers. Enjoy.



>DataChannel Releases the Most Advanced XML Parser (XJParser) and Introduces
>xDev(tm) its XML Developers Program
>Bellevue, WA - April 16, 1999 - DataChannel announced today the immediate
>availability of the latest XJParser(tm), a cornerstone of its XML Toolkit
>for XMLFramework(tm) and the XML Developers Program, xDev(tm).  Formerly
>referred to as the DataChannel XJ2 Parser, co-developed with Microsoft, the
>new release adds substantial functionality with significant improvements in
>performance. DataChannel's XML Developers Program,  xDev(tm) is designed to
>showcase developers work and real-world implementations and provide the XML
>tools and technology needed to realize the true power of XML.  The XJParser
>can be downloaded at the new 
>xDev site at http://www.datachannel.com/xdev.
>XJParser becomes the industry's most complete, reliable, and innovative XML
>parser for delivering powerful, server-based enterprise applications
>utilizing open web-standards. XJParser is the cornerstone of its XML
>for XMLFramework(tm). DataChannel's XML Framework is an extensive portfolio
>of enterprise solutions designed to capitalize on the Information Economy
>through the use of the Extensible Mark-up Language (XML). DataChannel's
>joint development agreement with Microsoft allows DataChannel to
>independently extend the functionality and performance of XJParser to
>cross-platform environments making DataChannel the first company to offer
>cross-platform parser functionality.
>With over 5,000 beta users, XJParser has been utilized in a diverse set of
>scenarios from small department applications to large commercial enterprise
>applications.  Csoft International, an advanced applications vendor, is
>using XML and the XJParser to create standard data formats 
>for their applications.  They provide state-of-the-art software solutions
>for the retail industry, 
>which gather point-of-sale and other transaction profiling information.
>Data originates from various disparate sources and Csoft needed a cutting
>edge solution to access these multiple information stores.
>"Our products must be capable of exchanging information with a wide range
>disparate systems from legacy based to architectures using the latest
>emerging technologies," said Terry Bissonette, senior software engineer,
>CSoft International. "The XJParser showcases XML as an ideal data exchange
>medium to the standards bodies and peer vendors in our industry.   We have
>used it to build a general framework that manages the simultaneous exchange
>of XML data with one or more trading partners. We are looking forward to
>implementing the new XJParser with its improved performance and are
>confident it will extend our capacity to integrate data from any source."
>Extended functionality of XJ Parser includes:
>*	XML 1.0 Standards Compliance with a complete set of W3C interfaces
>to ensure interoperability with applications and web-based technologies.
>*	Simple API for XML (SAX) 1.0 to optimize performance parsing large
>documents utilizing an event-based API.  Additional support for third-party
>SAX drivers is also included.
>*	Integrated eXtensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) processor providing
>seamless, integrated XML parsing and transformation in one package.
>*	Supports and extends full XML functionality in Microsoft Internet
>Explorer 5.0.
>*	Validating support for DTD's and XML schema to verify true and
>error-free XML data.
>*	Exception and Error Handling to handle Java exceptions as well as
>trapping errors for developer productivity.
>*	Advanced query language support through emerging W3C standards
>support like data typing, XSL pattern matching, and node transformation.
>Developers will also enjoy tremendous support with comprehensive
>documentation, integrated sample libraries, technical support and host of
>other benefits introduced in xDev(tm) DataChannel's new developers program.
>XJParser can be downloaded from DataChannel at
>Introducing xDev(tm)
>DataChannel also announces the XML Developers Program, providing early
>adopter developers direct access to leading edge XML resources from cutting
>edge XML developers.  To provide fellow developers with the best in tools,
>techniques and tips, DataChannel has created a developer program
>highlighting the latest tools and expertise in the XML arena.
>one stop shop for XML knowledge will also include analysis & explanations
>the latest W3C Standards and Proposals, discussion groups on the hottest
>topics, and the tools and technologies which simplify XML development.  In
>addition, DataChannel will offer creative support and co-marketing
>arrangements to help developers leverage their ideas towards the
>of XML and their professional growth.
>Many of these ideas contributed to the rich functionality of the new
>XJParser.  These new offerings will be rolled out in xDev and are described
>on http://www.datachannel.com/xdev, DataChannel's new xml developer site.
>Developers should take the opportunity today to download the XJParser and
>give DataChannel input on key elements of xDev and to extend the
>standardization and state-of-the-art of XML technology.
>"We continue to push ourselves to remain the innovative leaders in the XML
>market space but we cannot do it alone.  Our success is dependent upon the
>thousands of expert developers that understand this technology and know how
>to create real business solutions with it.  Although we will lead the way,
>the true value of xDev comes from the sharing of ideas and technology
>amongst the XML development community.  We are committed to creating a
>class forum that can bring together the greatest minds and ideas in the XML
>world," said Tim Gelinas, vice president of development who will oversee
>xDev program.
>Overview of DataChannel's XML Framework(TM)
>DataChannel's XML Framework is an extensive portfolio of enterprise
>solutions designed to capitalize on the Information Economy through the use
>of the Extensible Mark-up Language (XML). This XML Framework(tm) creates
>universal access to mission-critical structured information as well as the
>ever-increasing amount of unstructured data. DataChannel's XML Framework
>offering consists of: XML Professional Services, Solutions Software, XML
>Tools and Technologies,  XML Training, and Support Services. DataChannel
>develops and markets enterprise information management solutions to unleash
>the power of the enterprise information portal.
>About DataChannel, Inc.
>DataChannel Inc., founded in 1996, is a privately held company. It is a
>value-added integrator of XML-based, market-leading Information Management
>solutions and services that facilitate the way companies share information
>with employees, vendors, customers, and consumers across intranets,
>extranets and the Internet. These solutions are offered through
>DataChannel's XML Framework(tm), an extensive portfolio of enterprise
>solutions designed to capitalize on the Information Economy through the use
>of the Extensible Markup Language (XML). It includes RIO, an Enterprise
>Information Portal solution connecting users of the portal to relevant
>information sources.
>DataChannel simplifies the process of delivering critical information to
>right people at the right time.
>All trademarks or registered trademarks are property of their respective
>holders in the United States and/or other countries.

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