Sybase and XML?

Ronald Bourret rbourret at
Wed Sep 15 17:02:30 BST 1999

DuCharme, Robert wrote:

> Have any Sybase users read the PDF whitepapers about the new Adaptive
> Server's XML capabilities? The longer one is called "Using XML with the
> Sybase Adaptive Server SQL Databases" and the shorter one is "Increasing
> Developer Productivity with Java and XML in Sybase Adaptive Server
> Enterprise." (I don't have a URL, because they were passed to me at work,
> but they're probably at somewhere.)

Here's the URL. The first is by far the most technical:

> It looks to me like the majority of their XML "support" is the fact that 
> is tightly integrated with Java and Java goes well with XML. Sybase 
> you with a few classes to inherit from, but you still have a ton of Java
> coding to do. If they only advertised Java integration with no XML 
> there wouldn't be much difference.
> Maybe I'm missing something. Any opinions?

I'm not a Sybase user, but I did read the papers and would have to agree. 
In particular, one of the papers said:

"Most tools for working with XML documents are written in Java. The support 
for Java in SQL provided by the Adaptive Server Anywhere 6.0 and Adaptive 
Server Enterprise 12.0 database servers therefore provide a good base for 
supporting XML in SQL..."

Not much of a story there. To be fair, there are hints of something more, 
although my marketing filter and the other paper make me read this as 

"Sybase provides an XML parser that converts XML data into a form that can 
be easily understood by the Adaptive Server Enterprise database. In 
addition, data stored in the database can be retrieved as XML data, 
allowing easy integration of existing information to Web applications."

On a similar vein, do any relational database companies besides Oracle even 
have an XML story?  I've seen some press releases about DB2, but these are 
so vague as to be meaningless.

-- Ron Bourret

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