Java system enables fast XML apps

A Java-based platform for the development of applications to handle XML document processing has been released by Irish software...

A Java-based platform for the development of applications to handle XML document processing has been released by Irish software company Polarlake, writes Eric Doyle.

Polarlake v1.0 provides a set of services for developing and deploying enterprise-wide applications based on a rules processing framework.

Ronan Bradley, Polarlake's vice-president of business development, said, "IT managers and CIOs are faced with developing applications in a rapidly-changing e-business environment.

"Like Wile E Coyote in the Warner Brothers' cartoons, software developers are producing Acme applica-tions to trap customer and supplier data but these are often sprung when the Roadrunner data rapidly disappears over the horizon and moves on to new things. As one business problem is solved, another has already appeared."

Bradley claims that the failure of hard-coded programs to keep up with rapid change demands a more flexible approach.

Polarlake's solution is to use scripting against recognised XML schemas and standards to alleviate this.

The ability to add proprietary XML definitions or future standardised schemas will ensure continued flexibility.

"Using rules is the natural way to process XML. Hard coding in Java means that when the XML structure changes the applications have to be recoded.

"With Polarlake, the rules can be changed and easily replicated across all existing applications. As the economy slows down the need to react quickly is becoming more important."

Polarlake can be used with existing Java applications and will work alongside Enterprise Java Beans and Microsoft's Common Object Model.

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