Compuware last week, for example, announced that its Uniface 8 supports XML, which the company claims extends development and deployment of multitier e-business applications.
Uniface can be used to generate XML and valid DTDs (Document Type Definitions) on request. As a result, no XML skills or DTD knowledge are necessary for e-business application development, and organizations benefit from increased developer productivity, ease of maintenance, and reduced costs, according to the company.
Uniface has traditionally used its own proprietary way of sending data streams.
"XML is the logical next step to take to be able to move into a true business-to-business environment," said Franco Flore, senior product manager at Uniface.
Flore continued that XML's benefits include that it's not very expensive, and that it is being accepted by developers. As a result of the first two benefits, XML is maturing quickly.
This is the first of what Flore said will be a series of initiatives by Compuware to embrace XML.
Universal Algorithms/CollegeNet, a Portland, Ore.-based portal designed to help students apply for college via the Web, uses Uniface to provide a Web component and database independence for an event scheduling application for classrooms, according to Andy Heydon, vice president of software development.
"XML will definitely make it easier for us to facilitate the data transfer between our applications and sources of data," Heydon added.
Compuware is not the only company making XML easier. ActionPoint, in San Jose, Calif., an e-commerce interaction management software provider, began shipping in mid-September an XML-based server that enables customers to deploy Web interfaces for real-time live interaction, Web content management, CRM (customer relationship management), middleware and business process automation, and e-marketing solutions, according to the company.