Microsoft has released a JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) driver for SQL Server 2005, providing a way for developers to link their Java applications to Microsoft's latest database software.
The tool is important for Microsoft as it tries to promote wider use of its database software in enterprise computing environments, where customers often use a variety of computing platforms and want their vendors' products to interoperate.
The company offered its first JDBC driver, for SQL Server 2000, about three years ago. Its SQL Server 2005 database is a more stable and reliable product and more likely to find its way into mixed enterprise environments, said David Mitchell, a practice leader at U.K. analyst company Ovum.
"SQL Server 2005 is aiming to take some of the market traditionally held by Oracle, and to do that (Microsoft) needs to focus on technoloigies that enterprise customers expect," he said.
The JDBC driver was released Wednesday as a free download for SQL Server users. It works with both SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2000 and has been tested against Java application servers including BEA Weblogic, IBM WebSphere, JBoss and the Sun Java System, Microsoft said.