DB2 v9 goodness – new Express-C, and XML support

I’ve mentioned DB2 version 9 previously (it was known as “Viper” during the development and beta phases)…

We’ve just made the Express-C version available for download. DB2 Express-C is a free version of our full DB2 offering.

There’s also a new article on developerWorks that discusses how to get the most out of the new pureXML® support, including examples showing how XML is stored and how it can be queried and transformed using SQL, SQL/XML, XQuery, and XQuery with embedded SQL. I attended an internal presentation on this technology at IBM Hursley recently, and it is absolutely brilliant. I can see that it is going to add another new dimension to the ways in which our customers can access their data.

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