Sun Microsystems Inc’s JavaSoft unit has an application programming interface enabling developers to write Java applications that access databases and will make an initial version available from March 8. A final version of the specification, plus driver management software, will be released later in the summer after incorporating feedback from developers. Java Data Base Connectivity, JDBC is part of the group’s Java Enterprise Platform Suite, and will support interchangeable database drivers via a Driver Manager that automatically loads the right Java Data Base Connectivity-compatible driver to talk to a given database. The manager will be bundled in future Java releases, along with a bridge from Java Data Base Connectivity to Microsoft Corp’s Open Data Base Connectivity database driver interface. A slew of database vendors are developing support for Java Data Base Connectivity while SunSoft Inc object partner Persistence Software Inc is implementing object-to-relational mapping technology in the Java Data Base Connectivity applications programming interface. JavaSoft will support compliance test suites that can be used to test Java Data Base Connectivity-based kit from June.
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