IBM has launched a new XML information Web site, xCentral, and released XML tools that bring new capabilities to the language.
xCentral includes a search engine that will track down XML documents, DTDs (Document Type Declarations), style sheets, press releases, tutorials, Web pages and newsgroup postings. The site also contains sections covering news, events, standards (a listing of specifications), resources, education and community links.
IBM also released two new XML tools on its AlphaWorks site that bring new capabilities to XML. XML for C++ is a single C++ shared library that provides classes for parsing, generating, manipulating, and validating XML documents.
XML Security Suite is a new technology that provides security features, such as digital signatures, encryption and access control for online transactions.
Michael Kay, Ecommerce and XML consultant at ICL, said: "There have been excellent XML tools around for a while from major companies. To date, though, most of them have been in Java, which isn't necessarily the right tool for the job when you're processing thousands of electronic commerce transactions.
"There have been lots of calls for a C++ engine, so IBM's new product should have a ready market," he said. "With the Security Suite, IBM are entering some new territory, allowing selective encryption and signing of XML messages.
"Tools like this will certainly speed the adoption of XML in business-to-business transactions," Kay said.
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