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Microsoft To Add Java Link To Database

Microsoft says it will give developers technology that lets Java-based applications work with the SQL Server 2000 database.

Microsoft isn't cutting all ties with the Java world. The software company revealed Tuesday that it's providing developers with technology that will let Java-based applications work with Microsoft's SQL Server 2000 database. A beta version of the Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) Driver software is available on Microsoft's Web site.

The relationship between Microsoft and Java has always been a little rocky. Microsoft said in July that the upcoming Windows XP operating system won't include a Java Virtual Machine. That brought a wave of criticism from IT managers who will have to install it themselves if they want to run Java applications on Windows XP. Also, Sun Microsystems' Java 2 Enterprise Edition application architecture is widely seen as a competitor to Microsoft's upcoming .Net application component model.

But Tuesday's announcement shows that Microsoft acknowledges Java's popularity as a programming language, says Teri Palanca, a Giga Information Group analyst. If Java applications were unable to retrieve data from SQL Server 2000, Microsoft would be cutting itself out of a lot of sales opportunities in heterogeneous computing environments, she says.

The JDBC software helps business developers and independent software vendors build Java apps that run on Unix- and Linux-based application servers and access SQL Server 2000 data. The beta version can be downloaded for free at www.microsoft.com/sql/downloads/default.asp. The finished version will be available early next year; pricing and licensing terms haven't been set.

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