Getting Started with Native XML Databases

July 27, 2008

Many people come here while searching for the best native XML database. Being employed by a vendor with a leading native XML database, I cannot make impartial judgements in this regard. So I’m not going to try. I can, however, make sure you you know how easy it is to evaluate my employer’s native XML capabilities, so you can make up your own mind.

Not only does IBM offer a production-quality native XML database for no charge. It also provides publication-quality books about it for free. This makes it very easy for you to get started with XML databases.

DB2 9 Express-C has no data storage limits. You can store as much data as you like in the database. DB2 9 Express-C has no evaluation time limit. You can use it as long as you like. The only limits are that you use a server with a maximum of 2 cores and 2GB of RAM. Download it from the DB2 Express-C Web page.

IBM has published two books about native XML storage. These books are available for purchase. However, you can also freely view these books as HTML or download the PDF version for offline viewing and printing. Click on images below to see these books:

DB2 9 pureXML Guide DB2 9: pureXML Overview and Fast Start

Good luck with your evaluations.

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!! Additional comment, December 2012:

NOTE:  This redbook “DB2 pureXML Guide” was a great resource for DB2 9.1. However, DB2 versions 9.5, 9.7 and 10.1 have added a lot of additional XML features and enhancements that are not covered in this early redbook.

Hence, this redbook is now outdated.

For more up-to-date information on DB2 pureXML, see the DB2 pureXML Cookbook, the redbook “Extremely pureXML in DB2 10 for z/OS“, or the articles listed on this page:



One Response to “Getting Started with Native XML Databases”

  1. noor Says:

    thanks alot
    the book was very useful and simple to understand
    keep going

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