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IBM Wants Developers to Feel the Stinger

IBM will unravel even more of the yarn of its forthcoming DB2 Universal Database next Tuesday at EclipseCon to curry support from developers.

While IBM has previously announced that Stinger will help DB2 interoperate with .NET development tools, IBM will pad DB2's Java support at the show in Anaheim, Calif.

DB2 8, or Stinger, as the Armonk, N.Y., company has been calling it, is the next-generation database server from IBM. Due by year's end, it is expected to contain improvements across the board, including capabilities for greater application development, reliability, manageability, integration and scalability.

At EclipseCon, IBM will demonstrate plug-ins that allow programmers to use the Eclipse toolkit for developing applications that work with DB2, said Les King, senior manager for DB2 development.

King told internetnews.com the plug-ins will consist of visual tools and wizards to make it easier for programmers to create database tables, indexes and views. IBM will also provide plug-ins for visual tools that create stored procedures and user-defined functions on the client and server using SQL or Java.

The new DB2 will also feature a new version of a driver that lets an application to tap into the database to make it possible for any DB2 Java application to run in the most current Java environment on any platform. This DB2 "Type4 JDBC" driver will comply with the J2EE 1.4/JDBC 3.0 standards.

King said IBM is also previewing Stinger support for IBM Rational XDE Developer for Java, a visual data modeling tool from IBM's Lexington, Mass.-based Rational software development tools division. This also plugs into Eclipse, which is the backbone of all of IBM's software development tools, to speed application development and database design.

The plug-ins will be available for free download later this year from Eclipse, which will provide integration into the Eclipse platform.

The database market, a multi-billion-dollar enterprise, has become even more competitive recently, with Oracle, IBM, Microsoft and open-source concern MySQL unveiling or planning a number of improvements and advancements to their products.

Big Blue has been unveiling nuggets of features and applications of Stinger since Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference last October.

Just last week, IBM introduced its DB2 Partition Advisor, which can be used to split up and boost the performance of databases over many servers.