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IBM releasing free tools for Java, XML, Unix

IBM releasing free tools for Java, XML, Unix

IBM has unveiled seven free developer tools intended to provide software engineers with advanced resources for developing and accessing applications based on Java, XML, and Unix.

The tools will enable developers to perform tasks such as searching sequential data, accessing distributed Unix systems, querying views on XML data, and standardizing queries for deployment in an XQuery environment, according to IBM.

Developed at IBM Software Development Labs, the technologies also enable engineers to design self-managing and multilingual systems.

Available from Monday at IBM's alphaWorks site at, the technologies are as follows:

  • Advanced Pattern Search Toolkit, providing search capabilities to analyze sequential data.
  • XQuery Normalizer and Static Analyzer, performing normalization steps to turn the query into a standard format and determining the type of result a query will return.
  • Dictionary and Thesaurus APIs for Java, featuring a Java class library interface for accessing a dictionary or thesaurus via Java.
  • Views for XML, which is designed to work with large amounts of XML data and provides a mechanism for querying relevant portions of the data.
  • Command Line Bot, providing a unified login for accessing Unix systems and applications using a simple messenger client such as IBM Sametime.
  • Framework for Autonomic Java-Based Servers, serving as a model for developers to build a self-managing Java-based server.
  • Service Management Framework Extensions, featuring a platform for improving availability and scalability of services by enabling them to move from one hosting environment to another.

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