As new species of XML docs are emerging, vendors are unveiling increased RDBMS support for XML.
In order to address a potentially serious (although rare) server startup failure that was recently reported, PostgreSQL version 7.3.4 was released. This release is critical for users of PostgreSQL version 7.3.3, and highly recommended for all other PostgreSQL users. This release, as with all minor releases, does not require a dump/reload to be upgraded.
In this third installment of Russell's MySQL series, he introduces some methods and tools for bulk importing of data into MySQL. This isn't an overly difficult task, but processing large amounts of data can be intimidating for newcomers, and as a result it can be a barrier to getting started with MySQL.
"Many enterprise software users and vendors have made significant commitments to open source technologies. Projects such as the Linux operating system, Apache Web server, and the Perl programming language, have proven themselves as viable alternatives to equivalent commercial offerings. But what about the tools used to hold core information assets? Are open source databases ready for the enterprise?" Read the article at LinuxWorld.au.
Ellison faces pressure from both sides of the database market -- IBM on top, and Microsoft below. A little more than a year ago, Gartner Group principal analyst Colleen Graham issued a study that showed IBM taking the lead over Oracle for the first time in the cutthroat corporate-database market.
As the PostgreSQL developers continue to move forward on the upcoming v7.4 release, several bug fixes have been tag'd as being safe to back-patch into the v7.3.x branch, so there is 7.3.3. Click here for a recent interview with the PostgreSQL team.
Database users who rely on Linux operating systems are drooling over the list of features promised by the soon-to-be-released 2.6 kernel. Read the report at eWeek.
"When will RAM prices make disk drives obsolete for database developers? I first came across this question when talking with Michael "Monty" Widenius, one of the visonaries behind the MySQL database. For some applications, running entirely in RAM is not news at all. One major platform, the Palm Pilot, relies entirely on battery-powered RAM. Disks are used only occassionally for remote backups." Read the article at DevChannel by Peter Wayner.
Though Oracle and IBM deny that MySQL, PostgreSQL or other open-source offerings are a threat to their enterprise business, they are still taking steps to re-emphasize their low-end offerings. Read the article at NewsFactor.
This tutorial demonstrates the techniques needed to build a Web service in C# that accesses an IBM DB2 Universal Database using the DB2 managed data provider.
Microsoft may be pulling out all the stops for its 64-bit database Thursday, but if you ask Oracle, this is a non-event. In a series of interviews with CRN Tuesday, one executive after another repeated that the company plans no direct response to Microsoft's 64-bit SQL challenge. Microsoft has positioned that database as proof that SQL Server is ready for the enterprise.
The 64-bit version of Microsoft's database will cost the same as the 32-bit version and perform better--part of the company's bid to undercut Oracle and IBM. Read it at News.com.
MySQL is aiming for speedier development cycles than most database companies. The company is currently focusing on two products: MySQL versions 4.1 and 5.0. It released the binaries of 4.1 this week and plans to unveil a final version in about eight months. A final version 5.0 should be available about six months after that. Read the report at News.com.
The first stable version of mySQL in the 4.x branch is now available, version 4.0.12.
MySQL still lacks many features big customers want, but the software maker and CEO Marten Mickos have dazzling opportunities ahead. Intersting article, but too bad the article doesn't also mention PostgreSQL, BerkeleyDB and Firebird.
Microsoft showed off some of the forthcoming programmability features of "Yukon," the next version of its SQL Server database, here at the VSLive! developer conference on Thursday. Yukon won't be an XML database, but will rather integrate support for XML data types into the relational SQL Server database.
The PostgreSQL Global Development Group has released PostgreSQL 7.3.2. This release addresses several overrun and memory leak issues that were found in recent weeks, so it is highly recommended that those running the 7.3.1 branch upgrade at their earliest convience.
Although open source databases are picking up steam in the commercial market, breaking into the enterprise market and competing with the likes of Oracle and IBM's DB2 will be tough. "This is rocket science," Aberdeen's Bill Claybrook said. In the meantime, the SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) addresses specific issues discovered in SQL Server 2000 since its ship date.
The major PostgreSQL news this week is the upcoming release of 7.3.1, which will provide some fixes for early adopters of 7.3. In other SQL news, the Firebird team is pleased to announce the release of the Firebird v1.0.2 update for Win32 and Linux.