Tuesday, 09 September 2008 04:49

db4o - Best of Open Source Software 2008

Imagedb4objects is recognized as "Best of Open Source Software" at 2008 InfoWorld's BOSSIE Awards

db4objects (www.db4o.com), creator of the leading open source object database for Java and .NET, has been awarded with "Best of Open Source Developer Tools" 2008 by IDG's InfoWorld.

ImageInfoWorld Media Group is a division of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. InfoWorld focuses on helping IT solutions management choose the right technology not merely covering the enterprise technology market, but also by identifying and promoting emerging technology segments that add unique value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that provide those solutions.

Among its many awards programs, InfoWorld Best of Open Source Software Awards (or Bossies, for short) recognize the best free and open source software the world has to offer to businesses, IT professionals, and productive individuals who rely on computers to get work done. The 2008 BOSSIE winners include 60 products in eight categories covering business and productivity applications, development tools, middleware, networking, security, and storage.

"The breadth and quality of open source software continues to amaze us," notes Doug Dineley, Executive Editor of the InfoWorld Test Center. "We've singled out 60 products for Bossies -- developer tools, middleware, firewalls and routers, productivity apps, CRM and ERP, etc. -- and we're only scratching the surface. When you look at all that's available, and how good it is, you start to think that someday all software will be free."

Even though db4o received other awards in past years this is the first recognition that is in the segment of open source solutions. db4o has been specifically chosen as "Best of open source developer tools" in the Bossies, a category where InfoWorld's Test Center picks the top free and open source RIA platform, Ajax framework, business rule management system, version control package, object database, Web service test tool, and HTTP client library.

"db4o began life as a Java database library, but its designers have since created parallel editions for the .NET languages. In 2005, db4o implemented Native Queries, which allow you to express queries as Java (or .NET) methods. Recent additions to the library include Transparent Update and Transparent Activation, which more completely automate object persistence"said the analysts behind the BOSSIE Awards. "The engine itself deduces how many of a persistent object's members must be read from and written to storage, simplifying coding and providing better memory management. Also new in db4o is support for Microsoft LINQ."

"We've come a long way with db4o since the first line of code in the year 2000" said German Viscuso from db4objects, Inc. "The pace of growth of our vibrant community and ecosystem around the technology has been simply amazing. And the fact that we stayed focused on open source practices was vital for this. We have more than 2.5 million downloads so far and40,000 registered developers in our community, 25,000 posts in the forums, an open Jira issue tracker, public access to our SVN repository, a set of community programs in place and we even publish videos of the development team pairing sessions to share knowledge (paircasts). We're thrilled that db4o has been recognized among the best of open source software for 2008".

db4o keeps evolving into the open source object persistence engine of choice for thousands of developers out there. Major milestones include native queries in v5 (end of 2005) which enable developers to express queries directly with their own programming language (eg. Java or .NET dialects), the db4o replication system (dRS) in early 2006 that allows bi-directional replication between different databases (including relational datastores), a new B-Tree indexing architecture and object marshaller in v5.4 (mid 2006) that boosted performance by orders of magnitude and transparent activation in v6.3 (mid 2007) which enabled the retrieval objects from the db into memory as needed without user intervention. Having the largest community of object database users, db4objects is also committed to its role as a leader in the effort to create a standard for object databases through the activities of the OMG.

For more information on db4objects or any of its products, visit the company’s Web site at www.db4o.com .

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