|| ||"Daniel Hornal" <danielh-AT-ittia.com>|
|| ||Fri, 13 Aug 2004 12:07:56 -0700|
ITTIA launches db.*, a free, open source embedded database.
Bellevue, WA - ITTIA is launching db.*, an open source, powerful, small
footprint embedded database for open-source platforms, and making it
available on the ITTIA web site.
db.* is the open source version of a database engine that has been developed
and tested for more than 20 years, and been used successfully in tens of
thousands of applications. ITTIA is making it available to the public in
order to promote its tech support and consulting business, and to promote
Club ITTIA, its embedded database community.
db.* is special among embedded databases because of its novel model. db.* is
a combination relational- and network-model database. Relational databases
are popular because of their ease-of-use, where network-model databases are
extremely fast and have a smaller footprint. db.* allows programmers to mix
and match the two models to exactly suit their needs. For example,
frequently-accessed data, or any data for which speed is paramount, can be
stored in network-model and all other data can be stored in a relational
db.* also has many advanced features that one would not expect in a database
with a footprint of less than 150K. The database supports multiple users
through its lock manager, so different applications or different threads can
all access the database simultaneously without worrying about corruption. It
has multi-stage database commits, so an application or OS crash will not
corrupt the data. The database engine in db.* is fast and reliable enough to
use in real-time systems, and has been used in critical medical and
Despite db.*s many features, it is very easy to use. The database is
programmed through a C language API that will be very familiar to anyone who
has used C. The db.* users guide is very extensive and well-written, and
makes the learning curve shallow.
"We are very happy to offer db.* to the open-source community," said Sasan
Montaseri, President of ITTIA. "It offers unmatched speed and features, and
will enable embedded developers to save costs and decrease the
time-to-market on new applications. It will also encourage the use of
open-source software in embedded devices."
ITTIAs database efforts go far beyond db.*. ITTIA is in the process of
launching the second stage of Club ITTIA, a community for embedded database
development. This community will allow developers worldwide to come together
to share ideas and help each other solve problems. Access to the forums will
be free. Paid Club ITTIA members will also have access to db.* updates and
beta programs, and enhanced support options.
For more information about db.* or Club ITTIA, please visit
www.ittia.com/dbstar/dbstar.html, or E-mail email@example.com.
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