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ZapThink: Using Stylus Studio� to Deploy XML Data Services

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Report by Leading XML, Web Services, and Service Orientation Industry Analyst Firm Now Available for Free

Bedford, MA, August 31, 2005 � Stylus Studio, the industry-leading provider of XML development tools for advanced data integration, today announced that ZapThink, a leading IT advisory and analysis firm for XML, Web Services, and Service Orientation technologies, has published a new report on deploying XML data services with Stylus Studio�. The six-page report, written by ZapThink Sr. Analyst Jason Bloomberg, covers various XML topics and includes an overview of Stylus Studio's comprehensive support for developing legacy data integration applications through intuitive data conversion utilities and a powerful, integrated Java Code Generator that allows developers to create and deploy live XML data services based on industry-standard XQuery and XSLT technologies. IT professionals can download the new report for free online.

Deploying XML Data Services with Stylus Studio�: Key Findings
The following are excerpts of key findings about XML data services and Stylus Studio made in the new ZapThink analyst report:

�"DataDirect Technologies has taken an application-based, platform independent approach to XML tooling, distinguishing Stylus Studio from the XML tools that the major platform vendors are offering."
�"Instead of requiring developers to work with a particular tool, programming language, and platform, developers can use Stylus Studio in Java� or .NET environments, and the legacy data integration capabilities that the product offers leverage a wide range of databases and legacy data sources and formats."
�"Stylus Studio's success with customers is the completeness of the approach as well their platform-neutral delivery approach, unlike the platform-specific offerings of its competitors."

"Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) is an architectural design pattern and not an implementation strategy. When it comes to implementing SOA based applications, our belief is that XML data services � the notion of exposing distributed views of data, which internally aggregate, transform, and integrate any number of different heterogeneous data sources using industry-standard XML technologies like XQuery and XSL � is the easiest and most flexible approach," said Jerry King, Vice President of DataDirect Technologies XML Products Group. "Stylus Studio's productive XML development tools, in combination with DataDirect XQuery�, our new Java-based XQuery processing component, is the ultimate solution for developing and deploying XML data service applications which simplify advanced data integration challenges.� DataDirect XQuery is scheduled for commercial release in September 2005.

About Stylus Studio

Stylus Studio, a product from DataDirect Technologies, an operating company of Progress Software Corporation, is the industry's most innovative XML IDE providing advanced support for XML and its related technologies: XSL, XSLT, XML Schema, DTD, SOAP, WSDL, SQL/XML, XQuery, XML mapping, and legacy data integration. Used by leading software developers world-wide, Stylus Studio simplifies XML programming and enhances developer productivity through innovation. For more information, visit: http://www.stylusstudio.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Except for the historical information and discussions contained herein, statements contained in this release may constitute �forward-looking statements� within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including but not limited to the following: the receipt and shipment of new orders, the timely release of enhancements to the company's products, the growth rates of certain market segments, the positioning of the company's products in those market segments, variations in the demand for customer service and technical support, pricing pressures and the competitive environment in the software industry, business and consumer use of the Internet, and the company's ability to penetrate international markets and manage its international operations. The company undertakes no obligation to update information contained in this release. For further information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with the company's business, please refer to the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

For More Information:

Jason Mazur
Public Relations Manager
Stylus Studio
Telephone: (781) 280-4488
Email: stylusstudio@stylusstudio.com

Stylus Studio and DataDirect XQuery are trademarks or registered trademarks of Progress Software Corporation or one of its affiliates or subsidiaries in the U.S. Java and all Java-based marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Any other trademarks or service marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

[ August 31, 2005: Message edited by: Jason Mazur ]
[ August 31, 2005: Message edited by: Jason Mazur ]
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