IBM has released trial versions this week of four technologies which aim to make life easier for developers creating applications for its DB2 database.
The technologies were released on IBM's alphaWorks website, at http://www.alphaworks.ibm.com, where developers can get an early look at IBM technologies that may or may not end up in finished products. Part of the goal is to collect feedback from developers about how well the technologies work.
The first is a plug-in for WebSphere Studio which provides a graphical front end for DB2 Intelligent Miner, allowing users to add data-mining functionality to applications without having to learn Intelligent Miner's SQL API (application programming interface).
It includes a view for managing the data mining models stored in the database and a visual editor for drawing the flow of a data mining process more easily.
Also available is Easy Mining Procedures for DB2 Intelligent Miner, billed as an easy-to-use SQL interface for the main steps in the data-mining process.
IBM also released the Replication Monitoring Center for DB2, claimed to reduce the time and cost of replication monitoring. The tool was originally developed by IBM's services arm in Germany and works in a variety of replication scenarios using DB2 Propogator.
Also available is a trial version of URI Access for DB2, a tool which aims to reduce the steps required for accessing data stored in DB2 from a web-based client such as a browser or an XML parser.
James Niccolai writes for IDG News Service