Web Development Briefs: MS, Tribe, Vignette

Web Development Briefs: MS, Tribe, Vignette

MS releases XML kit

Microsoft has released a beta version of its XML (Extensible Markup Language) for Analysis software development kit and an updated XML for Analysis protocol specification.

XML for Analysis is a new online analytical processing protocol enabling the transfer of information between analytical databases and client applications, regardless of the language used to write the application.

The new protocol is designed to standardise the data access interaction between a client application and an analytical data provider such as online analytical processing and data mining.

With the release of XML for Analysis, which received contributions from over 50 industry-leading vendors, Microsoft claims developers are able to add analytic capabilities to any client for any device or platform using any major programming language. The beta is available for download at XMLAnalysis.htmTribe wanders into UKSydney-born online media company Tribe is receiving financial advice from the Bank of America to seek funding for an expansion into the United Kingdom and Europe.

Tribe opened its first UK site,, in October last year but wants to establish a network of youth portal sites, starting with the UK and migrating into Europe. The company expects to complete capital raising for the UK sites by the end of the second quarter of this year, and will continue expansion throughout Europe using a similar funding strategy.

Tribe founder and CEO Milt Barlow said: "Now that we have completed our Australian grid, our attention over the next year or so as far as growth is concerned will be primarily in Europe, with our first focus being the UK."

Vignette jumps on J2EE

Web development software vendor Vignette has shipped a new version of its Internet application suite with native support for the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE), allowing it to run on the BEA WebLogic and the IBM WebSphere application servers.

Vignette now claims it is the only vendor supporting both Sun Microsystems' Java platform and Microsoft's Windows DNA platform, the two most dominant Web application development environments.

The new version of the Vignette E-business Application Platform now has native support for both JavaBean Application Program Interfaces (APIs) and JavaServer Pages (JSP) templates. The vendor claims this will make its application services accessible to the many Java developers building Web applications for the UNIX environment who wish to standardise on J2EE.

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