Microsoft and MERANT DataDirect announced at this week's JDJEdge 2001 International Java Developer Conference and Expo that a beta version of the Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) Driver is now available for public download. The driver technology, licensed by Microsoft through an agreement with MERANT DataDirect, lets Java and J2EE users integrate with SQL Server 2000. JDBC is the standard API for accessing data within the Java and J2EE platforms. The SQL Server 2000 JDBC Driver is a Type 4 JDBC driver that provides highly scalable and reliable connectivity for the enterprise Java environment.

The Microsoft SQL Server 2000 JDBC Driver provides JDBC access through any Java-enabled applet, application, or application server and supports Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.3, 1.2, and 1.1.8. The driver delivers high-performance point-to-point and n-tier access to SQL Server 2000 across the Internet and intranets and is supported on Windows XP, Windows 2000 with Service Pack 2 (SP2), AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, and Linux.

"The Microsoft SQL Server 2000 JDBC Driver reflects the success of SQL Server 2000 as a data-management and analysis tool," said Gordon Mangione, vice president of the SQL Server Group at Microsoft. "As SQL Server 2000 becomes ever more popular, developers of all types want to take advantage of its rich features and scalability."

A public newsgroup is available for discussing and addressing questions and problems. The beta is available at the Microsoft SQL Server download center.