February 26th 2002 (DS0125) ~ Developer Solutions, the application
development specialist, is now shipping winAllora Xpress, an entry-level
product within the Allora product line. winAllora Xpress is a tool for
importing XML data into relational databases as well as exporting XML data
from relational databases. Most importantly, winAllora Xpress does not
require programming to perform these transformations. Without such a tool,
transferring data between XML documents and relational databases is a
time-consuming, costly development effort. winAllora Xpress gives database
application developers and XML developers a powerful, immediate
import/export capability for all XML documents and major relational
databases. Available now from Developer Solutions and its resellers with an
RRP price of £149 + VAT.
Visit http://www.developer-solutions.co.uk for full
details, screen shots and how to get an evaluation copy.
winAllora Xpress is a graphical Windows application used to define
relationships between XML document elements and relational database columns.
A wizard guides users through specifying the relevant XML schema and
database connection. With both XML elements and relational database
structures displayed, users drag-and-drop between elements and columns to
define relationships. An expression editor also allows detailed data
conversion during transformations.
When connected to a relational database, winAllora Xpress gathers database
metadata for table structures and primary/foreign key relationships. This
provides the necessary information to read data across tables and to enforce
referential integrity when writing data to the database. Once the winAllora
Xpress mapping is in place, import/export XML-RDB transformations are a
winAllora Xpress supports industry standards including OLEDB/ODBC SQL
middleware, W3C XML schema, DTDs (through HiT Software XML Utilities), and
According to Wes Rishel, vice president and research director, Gartner,
Inc., "The integration of standard XML parsers and transformation engines
into application and middleware development environments reduces the errors
and rework time caused by misunderstandings of complex data structures and
increases the productivity of programmers."
"Database administrators and application developers routinely encounter
situations where they need to import or export XML data into or from their
relational databases," said Ray Kemp Technical of Developer Solutions "They
need a tool to perform this without launching a development effort.
winAllora Xpress is the first product to deliver such capability."
About Developer Solutions
Formed in 2001, Developer Solutions was a division of Contemporary Plc.
Developer Solutions is the specialist development resource, providing
developers and businesses with advanced software technologies, an extensive
portfolio of training and consulting services and a bespoke software
For more information, visit Developer Solutions at http://www.developer-solutions.co.uk
About HiT Software
Founded in 1994 and based in San Jose, California, HiT Software provides
relational database access middleware for Windows and Java applications. HiT
Software products include Allora XML middleware, SQL middleware, DB2Motion
data replication, and the HiT SSL Server. These products help organizations
"Open Up their Data" for maximum value.
Adrian Handley, Developer Solutions, Tel: 01364 654222,
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