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FirstSQL(R) Enhances Support for J2EE Standards - J2EE Connector Architecture (JCA) and Distributed Transactions (XA)

El Cerrito, Calif. - October 13, 2003 - FFE Software, Inc., a provider of 100% Java Object-relational SQL database systems, today announced the availability of FirstSQL/J Enterprise Server version 2.60. This latest release enhances support for J2EE (Java 2, Enterprise Edition) standards, making it easier for customers to develop and deploy J2EE applications using FirstSQL/J Enterprise Server with J2EE application servers. FirstSQL/J Enterprise Server adds comprehensive support for J2EE Connector Architecture (JCA) v1.0 & v1.5, connection pooling, and Java Transaction APIs (JTA) for distributed transaction (XA) capabilities.

FirstSQL/J Enterprise Server is focused on the market for Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) applications that use complex Java object models and the relational database model together to address business needs. FirstSQL/J provides a sophisticated relational database with advanced SQL functionality for manipulating serialized Java objects and their methods. Java object persistence is provided internally without the complexity and need for external O/R mapping tools.

JCA provides a solution to the problem of connectivity between JCA compliant application servers and EISs already in existence. The use of the JCA standard decreases the need for programming by creating standardized, reusable components such as Enterprise Java beans (EJB) 2.0 Container Manager Persistence (CMP). Application server vendors who conform to the J2EE Connector architecture do not need to add custom code whenever they want to add connectivity to a new EIS.

FirstSQL/J Enterprise Client implements a Resource Adapter for JCA. JCA provides for both connection pooling and XA transactions. The FirstSQL/J Resource Adapter supports JDBC connections. The Resource Adapter implementation, associated classes, configuration XML and documentation are packaged in a standard JCA deployment file that is available for JBoss today.

"FirstSQL/J is an great Java database tool and full support for JCA is a welcome enhancement. We were pleased to assist FirstSQL developers in implementing this industry leading JCA solution for use with current and future releases of JBoss," said Scott Stark, CTO at JBoss Group.

FirstSQL/Jís Distributed Transactions (XA) uses standard JTA controls. XA capabilities are available through JDBC 2 Standard Extension Data Source Facility and through JDBC 3 JCA. J2EE Data Source capabilities have been extended with additional facilities for JDBC 2 Standard Edition Data Source to include Connection Pooling and XA Processing.

Additional features in v2.60 include a new Build API, Arbiter API, and RemoteLogger facility. The Build API allows a database to be created from within application code. The Arbiter API provides full application control of failover to Standby replication servers in a daisy-chained configuration. The RemoteLogger is a log management tool to manage and store server logs remotely or locally with configurable file size, number of backup files, and file location. Both HTML and Adobe Acrobat PDF documentation is included.

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