Stylus Studio Wins SQL Server Magazine's Readers' Choice Award for Best XML Development Tool

Stylus Studio "Rises Above the Competition" by Offering Innovative Productivity Tools to the XML Developer Community

BEDFORD, MA -- 08/30/2005 -- Stylus Studio (, the industry-leading provider of development tools for advanced XML data integration, today announced that Stylus Studio® 6 XML Professional Edition has won SQL Server Magazine's 2005 Readers' Choice Award for best XML development tool. Stylus Studio 6 XML Professional Edition has surged in popularity in recent months in the XML community, quickly earning a reputation among the most widely recognized and praised XML development tools for innovation and excellence. XML developers everywhere have shown great excitement for the comprehensive and time-saving features Stylus Studio 6 offers, and this latest industry award further validates the opinion of many leading XML developers — that Stylus Studio is the number one tool for serious XML development work.

Dominating the Development Space

In the September issue SQL Server Magazine, Senior Associate Editor Dawn Cyr writes, "This year, heavy [hitter] ... DataDirect Technologies rose above the competition to dominate the development space.... DataDirect Stylus Studio 6 XML Professional Edition is an advanced XML IDE that provides a comprehensive set of XML tools and features for working with XML, XQuery, SQL/XML, Web services, and many other XML technologies. The product's feature set includes synchronized, visual XML editing views; comprehensive XSLT development support; support for visual XQuery editing, XQuery mapping, and XQuery debugging; and support for visual XML Schema editing."

Users cited in Cyr's article were enthusiastic in their praise of Stylus Studio 6: "This is the best IDE I've ever used." Another said that Stylus Studio 6 XML Professional Edition is "the best value for the money, and butt-kicking features like integrated mappers and debugger make it a great time saver!" The full text of the article is available at: (registration required)

"Stylus Studio is on a mission to be the XML developer's best friend, by delivering all the tools and utilities needed for serious XML application development, including innovative new tools for XQuery, XSLT 2.0, and legacy data integration, all in one comprehensive XML IDE," said Carlo Innocenti, Stylus Studio's Sr. Program Manager. "We're thrilled that so many SQL Server professionals have found in Stylus Studio an alternative to the same old overpriced and under-featured XML tools offered by other vendors. We encourage SQL Server users to give Stylus Studio a try for free today."

XML Productivity Through Innovation

Stylus Studio 6 XML Professional Edition leads the industry in delivering innovative new XML productivity tools for SQL Server developers and DBAs, including powerful tools for editing, debugging, and mapping XQuery and related technologies that will be supported in SQL Server 2005 (Yukon). Stylus Studio 6 XML Professional Edition's comprehensive development tools, in combination with DataDirect XQuery, a high-performance XQuery processing component, serve to greatly simplify XML and relational data integration challenges.

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 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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