Stylus Studio and Saxonica Offer Advanced XQuery 1.0 and XSLT 2.0 Development Tools

Bedford, MANov  4, 2004 — Stylus Studio (http://www.stylusstudio.com), the leading provider of innovative development tools for XML, XSL, XSLT, XML Schema, SQL/XML, XQuery, Web services, and XML mapping, today announced that it has partnered with Saxonica (http://www.saxonica.com), the producer of Saxon, the industry's leading XQuery and XSLT processor, to offer powerful new XQuery 1.0 and XSLT 2.0 development tools. With this partnership, Stylus Studio 6 XML Professional Edition becomes the first XML IDE to offer fully integrated support for XQuery 1.0 and XSLT 2.0 editing, transformation, debugging, and performance profiling, making Stylus Studio the industry's most advanced tool for all XQuery and XSLT 1.0/2.0 application development.

Michael Kay, developer of Saxon and founder of Saxonica Limited, who is also the editor of the XSLT 2.0 specification from W3C, had this to say: "XSLT 1.0 has been extremely successful in the five years since it was announced, but its limitations are well known. The 2.0 specification, along with XPath 2.0 and XQuery 1.0, provides an enormous step forward in XML processing capability, and increasing numbers of users are moving forward even before the specifications are carved in stone. But the increased power also means that XSLT is being increasingly used for large and complex applications, which means that developers need much more than a text editor to support them. The Stylus Studio team understands this and is leading the industry by providing comprehensive developer tools to address these new requirements."

"Stylus Studio's support for the industry's major XML processing components provides an enormous productivity advantage for XML application developers and integration architects, enabling them to exactly reproduce production environment settings in their development environment. This is plainly good coding practice, and it means fewer bugs, simplified debugging, better quality applications and, bottom line, reduced application development costs. Stylus Studio, along with the XML developer community, recognizes Saxon's technical and market leadership in XQuery and XSLT processing components technologies, and so we're leading the XML tools industry by offering seamless integration for XQuery 1.0 and XSLT 1.0/2.0 editing, debugging, and performance profiling in conjunction with the Saxon 8 processor," said Carlo Innocenti, Stylus Studio's Senior Program Manager.

Seamless XQuery Editing, Debugging and Performance Benchmarking

By extending XQuery editing and debugging support for Saxon 8, Stylus Studio 6 XML Professional Edition further solidifies its position as the world's most advanced XQuery development environment. Seamless integration with Saxon 8 enables easy XQuery processing, debugging, and performance benchmarking — essential productivity tools that simplify the development of complex data integration applications.

Integrated XSLT 2.0 Editing and Debugging Support

Stylus Studio is the first and only XML IDE to offer comprehensive development support for XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0 in conjunction with the Saxon 8 processor. Support for XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0 is a great benefit for XML developers because of the more advanced functionality offered by XSLT 2.0 over its predecessor, such as the ability to easily work with multiple documents, support for user-defined XSLT functions, and support for grouping. These and many other features make XSLT 2.0 an even more powerful language for advanced enterprise software applications, including multi-channel publishing (single-source publishing), content management, and a wide variety of other applications.

About Stylus Studio

Stylus Studio®, a product from DataDirect Technologies, an operating company of Progress Software Corporation, is the industry's most innovative XML IDE providing advanced support for XML and its related technologies: XSL, XSLT, XML Schema, DTD, SOAP, WSDL, SQL/XML, XML mapping and XQuery. Used by leading software developers world-wide, Stylus Studio simplifies XML programming and enhances developer productivity through innovation. Visit the Stylus Studio Web site to learn more.

About Saxon and Saxonica

Saxon was first released as an open source product in 1998, and has consistently maintained technology leadership and market share. Saxon was the first processor to conform to XSLT 1.0, and is currently the only implementation of XSLT 2.0. XQuery support, using the same proven run-time engine, was added in 2003. The product is consistently in the top 100 open source downloads, and over 10,000 users have already moved to the latest version (Saxon 8.x).

Saxonica Limited (http://www.saxonica.com) was established early in 2004 to continue the development of Saxon and to provide support to its many users. The company's first commercial product, Saxon-SA, adds XML Schema support within the existing XSLT and XQuery engine, making it the first component to combine these three vital technologies in a single package.

About DataDirect Technologies

DataDirect Technologies is focused on standards-based data connectivity, enabling software developers to quickly develop and deploy business applications across all major databases and platforms. DataDirect Technologies offers the most comprehensive, proven line of data connectivity components available anywhere. Developers worldwide at more than 250 leading independent software vendors and thousands of corporate IT departments rely on DataDirect® products to connect their applications to an unparalleled range of data sources using standards-based interfaces such as ODBC, JDBC™ and ADO.NET. Developers also depend on DataDirect to radically simplify complex data integration projects using XML products based on the emerging XQuery and XQJ standards. DataDirect Technologies is an operating company of Progress Software Corporation, a US$300+ million global software industry leader. Headquartered in Bedford, Mass., you can visit DataDirect Technologies on the Web, or you can call +1-800-876-3101.


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