IBM launches free tools for Java, XML and Unix


IBM launches free tools for Java, XML and Unix

IBM has unveiled seven free developer tools intended to provide software engineers with advanced resources for developing and accessing applications based on Java, XML and Unix. 

The tools will enable developers to perform tasks such as searching sequential data, accessing distributed Unix systems, querying views on XML data, and standardising queries for deployment in an XQuery environment. 

The technologies were developed at IBM Software Development Labs and enable engineers to design self-managing and multilingual systems. They are:

Advanced Pattern Search Toolkit, providing search capabilities to analyse sequential data.

XQuery Normalizer and Static Analyzer, performing normalisation steps to turn the query into a standard format and determining the type of result a query will return. 

Dictionary and Thesaurus APIs for Java, featuring a Java class library interface for accessing a dictionary or thesaurus via Java. 

Views for XML, which is designed to work with large amounts of XML data and provides a mechanism for querying relevant portions of the data. 

Command Line Bot, providing a unified login for accessing Unix systems and applications using a simple messenger client such as IBM Sametime. 

Framework for Autonomic Java-Based Servers, a model for developers to build a self-managing Java-based server.

Service Management Framework Extensions, featuring a platform for improving availability and scalability of services by enabling them to move from one hosting environment to another.

The technologies are available at IBM’s alphaWorks site at

Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld

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