Progress Software Releases Drivers for Modern Java Applications

Progress Software Corporation has announced what it describes as the industry's first Type 5 JDBC drivers - intended to overcome the limitations in Type 4 JDBC driver architecture, which renders them impractical for use in modern Java applications. Progress DataDirect Connect for JDBC, which features Type 5 Connect for JDBC drivers, offers a client-side, single-tier, 100 percent Java Type 4 architecture with faster performance, better use of memory footprint, and simplified deployment.

The JDBC drivers are now available for Oracle and MySQL, as well as SQL Server, Sybase, and DB2 and Informix.

"We are in an industry that is changing constantly, and it was clear to Progress Software that after more than a decade as the industry standard, Type 4 JDBC drivers have outlasted their ability to effectively support today's Java applications," says John Goodson, vice president and general manager of Enterprise Data Solutions for Progress. "Enterprises are in need of drivers that can support mission-critical applications by delivering increased speed and flexibility, which is why we have developed what we believe will be the new de facto standard for the industry."

According to Progress, the benefits of the new drivers include faster performance for applications, even as more users are added. The new offerings also include instant application enhancement, enabling any existing application to immediately start leveraging advanced features and functionality such as failover, bulk load and statement pooling without requiring application code changes. Type 4 JDBC drivers also have a smaller application runtime footprint, delivering reductions in runtime CPU and memory footprint, while boosting the degree of server consolidation possible in a virtualized environment. The drivers also feature a simplified deployment and reduced QA process time, enabling applications to be developed without the need for data source-specific code.

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