IBM Commits to Developer Support Around Cloudscape Database

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - 30 Aug 2004: IBM announced today a new, no-cost offering for developers to help them harness the power of Cloudscape, IBM's Java-based relational database.

The new resources include articles, technical advice, sample code and a free downloadable version of the Cloudscape code. All are now available on IBM's developerWorks site at:

IBM recently announced its contribution of "Derby," a copy of its Cloudscape relational database to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), in an effort to spur more innovation around the Java development community. The source code for Derby is now available on the Apache Incubator project website -- The decision to Open Source Cloudscape has generated significant interest around the IBM technology. In just three weeks, there have been over 5000 downloads of IBM's Cloudscape binary code on developerWorks.

Cloudscape is a Java-based, production-quality, fully transactional relational database with a two megabyte footprint that is fully embeddable and requires zero database administration support. By making this contribution, IBM is enhancing Java development with a significant offering that gives developers and customers a new option for Java-based embedded database functionality.

"IBM has a strong commitment to the Java community as well as to continued Java innovation," said Gina Poole, Vice President, Developer Marketing & Web Communities for ISV and Developer Relations. "By providing resources on Cloudscape, IBM developerWorks is helping software developers help our customers and ISVs be more innovative in developing business applications that are based on open standards."

The ASF and IBM have begun working with the community to establish Derby as a leading, open source database offering. Developers generally interested in Derby can visit the Apache site. Developers who want to use the code for development purposes can continue to visit developerWorks and download Cloudscape. In addition, developer resources on Cloudscape and additional code will be offered on

The latest roster of resources includes:

IBM Cloudscape Version 10.0: A Technical Overview

This article describes some of the technical features of Cloudscape, the embeddable SQL database engine for Java. Because of its lightweight, pure-Java, embeddable architecture, Cloudscape is the ideal database engine for deploying database-driven Java applications. The database engine becomes part of the application, and the user never has to install or manage it -- the database becomes invisible.

Integrating Cloudscape and Tomcat: A cookbook for adding the database manager into the servlet container

Cloudscape is a database manager implemented in Java. Tomcat is the reference servlet container implemented in Java. This article is a cookbook, providing step-by-step recipes for integrating them in three common scenarios: the prototype integration, the casual integration, and the enterprise integration. Includes sample code.

IBM Cloudscape: Understanding Java class path

IBM Cloudscape is a small-footprint Java database that doesn't require any administration. However, since Cloudscape is implemented entirely in Java, understanding the Java class path is the key to a trouble-free installation. This article explains what Java class path is, how to set it for different versions of Cloudscape, and how to troubleshoot any problems that might occur.

A compendium of Cloudscape frequently asked questions
Stanley Bradbury answers common questions about Cloudscape Version 10.0.

Today, IBM participates in and contributes to more than 150 open source projects -- including Linux, Eclipse, the Globus Alliance and an already established relationship with Apache. To date, IBM has invested well over $1 billion on open source efforts and the company continues to invest several hundred million dollars annually.

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