IBM has introduced a series of quick start software bundles for the DB2 9 data server designed to help clients adapt their information management environments to meet new standards for handling XML data.
The new DB2 9 pureXML quick start bundles are intended to help database administrators and software developers to load XML industry exchange messages and schemas, and to define XML queries and indexes for business applications. The first of these bundles are based on specific industry XML standards that support FIXML and FpML, which are formats developed for the financial industry. The industry-specific XML message exchange formats provide methods to exchange XML data information between and within companies.
The pureXML capability of DB2 9 provides the ability to store, update, delete, query, and index well-formed XML. Users can retrieve entire XML documents or document fragments by incorporating XPath, XQuery, and SQL into their queries. They can also register XML schemas and instruct DB2 to validate XML documents against these schemas.