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[Announce] XML:DB XML Database API Reference Implementation
The XML:DB API is an attempt to bring an ODBC or JDBC style access API to
native XML databases. The goal being to bring interoperability to native
XML database applications and to lower the learning curve for XML database
development. The first public release of the reference Java implementation
of the API has just been made available. It is available from the XML:DB
API project website. http://www.xmldb.org/xapi.
The reference implementation is basically a very simple file system based
native XML database and is an easy way to get familiar with the API. Full
source code is available under an Apache style license.
Included with the reference implementation are some Java driver
development tools, including a set of base driver classes and an early
release of a test suite.
Java implementations of the XML:DB API exist for dbXML  and eXist .
An implementation is also under development for Ozone .
The API has reached the point where the core design is complete and the
details required for interoperable implementations are being hammered out.
Anyone interested in implementing the API is encouraged to participate in
the project. The open source databases are already well covered so I'm
very interested in seeing implementations for the commercial databases.
The API is intended to be language independent, but most early work has
been done in Java. Implementations in other languages are also of great
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