New Allora Support for WebSphere, Eclipse, and XDR Speeds XML-RDB Integration

Developers can rapidly integrate XML data with relational databases

San Jose, California, October 16, 2003 - HiT Software today announced availability of new releases of its Allora family of XML-RDB transformation tools. New Allora support for WebSphere, Eclipse, and Microsoft XDR environments importantly allows these platform developers to rapidly integrate XML data with relational databases. The Allora family includes Java and Windows tools that give developers dynamic XML import and export access to relational databases. Developers have been required to write time-consuming, application specific XML parsing and transformation code in order to import and export XML data with their databases. The new Allora releases obviate these extensive coding requirements. Additionally, the new Allora releases deliver significant performance and functionality enhancements.

jAllora v3.5 adds integration support for WebSphere Studio and Eclipse development environments to complement existing support for Borland JBuilder, Oracle JDeveloper, and Sun Java Studio. New wizards for WebSphere Studio and Eclipse environments let developers launch the jAllora Mapper application in order to declare transformations, import jAllora run-time java classes, and embed source code for import and export of XML data with relational databases.

winAllora v3.2 adds direct support for Microsoft XML Data-Reduced (XDR) format for data type definitions. Now, in addition to XML schema and DTD support, the winAllora Mapper application allows developers to graphically link XDR elements and attributes to relational database table columns. This enables run-time, bi-directional data transformation by the winAllora engine between XDR data and relational data. winAllora v3.2 adds intelligent use of prepared SQL statements to optimize performance for database record inserts, updates and deletions.

The new jAllora v3.5 OVLT API, a significant performance enhancement, optimizes import and export of data within very large tables and XML documents. This new API increases performance by an order of magnitude while minimizing local and database server resource requirements.

jAllora v3.5 adds full XML Path Language (XPATH) support, which allows developers to access relational data via XML-based qualified path references and precludes any specific database structure or catalog knowledge. XPath is also a foundational component for XQuery support. Also added with this new release are extended web service APIs for flexible remote data access.

When automatically building databases from XML schemas, jAllora v3.5 now defines necessary primary and foreign keys for optimal transformation performance and referential data integrity for access. New mapping support optionally allows greater external transformation constraints without altering source XML schemas.

"Our goal for this latest release of the Allora products has been to drive better integration with the development environments," said Giacomo Lorenzin, CEO and President of HiT Software. "By enabling XML access to relational databases from IDE environments, developers substantially gain productivity, which translates into greater ROI for their companies."

Both jAllora v3.5 and winAllora v3.2 will be available in October 2003. The Allora products support all XML data formats and major database platforms. Trial versions can be downloaded from the HiT Software web site at http://www.hitsw.com.

About HiT Software

HiT Software is a leading developer of standards-based infrastructure for relational database access. HiT Software products include Allora XML-RDB run-time transformation middleware, DBMoto data replication, SQL middleware products for IBM DB2 access, and HiT SSL Server for secure SQL middleware communications.

Founded in 1994, HiT Software is based in San Jose, California, and is a member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). HiT Software products are sold and serviced worldwide by the HiT Software direct sales team, international subsidiaries, and authorized channel partners. Additional information is available at http://www.hitsw.com, by sending e-mail to info@hitsw.com, or by calling (408) 345-4001.