I have a project to send and receive XML documents (invoice and purchase order information using the iSeries) to a vendor with a time frame of three to four months. The vision is to do this eventually for the other vendors as well. I've heard so far that DB2 extender is my best solution given the time frame I have. Do you agree? I know it's quite expensive, given that Java is free, but since I already got purchase approval my only concern is if it will be able to do even the complicated XML documents.
If your application doesn't fit this, it's probably smart to pay an outside consultant to quickly create a simple Java parser to meet your specific needs IF needed. We do XML development for iSeries customers all the time. MOST XML applications I've come across though DO fit the simple XML tools in WDSC very well and, done correctly, DON'T require DB2Extender.
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This was first published in October 2004