In past months, we discussed some integrated development environment (IDE) vendors of Web services. We looked at products from IBM, Microsoft, Software AG, HP and Sun, with links to resources for more detail. This month we discuss the Software AG and HP IDEs further.

Evolving from its database origins in the 1960s with ADABAS –­ an inverted list DBMS used widely in the '70s and '80s and still used today by many legacy systems – Software AG has established itself in recent years as "The XML Company." It has applied its database expertise to the development of Tamino. This is a native XML database (NXDB) that has been licensed by major DBMS vendors to provide a NXDB capability in conjunction with their existing relational database products. Extending beyond this NXDB capability, in mid- 2001, Software AG released the EntireX Web services development environment, as shown in 1.

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