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IBM Simplifies DB2 Application Development

Provides Tighter Integration, Easier Deployment & Better Performance for Developers Using Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003

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LOS ANGELES, CA - 27 Oct 2003: Microsoft Professional Developers Conference 2003 -- IBM today announced a preview of enhancements to its DB2 database software that helps programmers simplify and automate the development of applications built for the Microsoft .NET Framework, then deploy them across the widest variety of database platforms.

This preview is the first of a series of new features -- code-named "Stinger" -- to be incorporated into future versions of DB2, and which will include enhanced reliability, manageability, integration and scalability features. The preview of Stinger that IBM is announcing today delivers productivity tools to help developers more easily build and deploy new applications; provides increased performance features such as enhanced DB2 .NET Data Provider; lets developers leverage existing skills; and delivers tighter integration with Rational development tools.

Today's preview of "Stinger" delivers tools that enable programmers to:

These enhancements are the outcome of the cooperative effort between IBM and Microsoft, under the Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP) program. Technologies delivered through the "Stinger" preview are providing a significant increase in application developer productivity.

IBM is also working on extending its DB2 integration with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET to include the upcoming version of Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, code-named "Whidbey."

"We're very excited to release the Stinger preview to developers," said Bob Picciano, IBM's Director of Database Technology. "Using Stinger, the large community of Visual Studio .NET and Rational developers will benefit from our advancements all through the context of their natural development environment. This is a natural extension of those environments to ensure their fast productivity in exploiting the on demand computing powers of DB2. DB2 is unique in its demonstration of integration leadership for all developers whether they are Microsoft or J2EE tools based."

Further demonstrating DB2's commitment to supporting the widest variety of platforms, IBM is demonstrating in conjunction with AMD, a version of 64-bit DB2 server running on Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems.

IBM DB2 software has earned an industry-leading 17 Windows Server 2003 certifications across the Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter editions of Windows Server. DB2 has also qualified for the Microsoft .NET Connected logo to certify that DB2 based Web Services can easily integrate with .NET connected solutions.

This preview of Stinger is available now at the IBM developerWorks Web site at http://www7b.software.ibm.com/dmdd/downloads/dotnetbeta/.

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