March 11, 1997 2:00 PM ET
Sybase aims to simplify database transactions
By Juan Carlos Perez

  Sybase Inc. plans to ship later this year a database queuing system called dbQ, which is designed to let developers build applications that support asynchronous transaction processing.

In a transaction that requires multiple updates to the database, synchronous processing forces a user to wait until the process is completed before starting another transaction. With dbQ's asynchronous system, a user can "fire and forget" the transaction, freeing up the system while the transaction is completed in the background, officials said. dbQ features a GUI for defining, managing and monitoring queues as well.

Sybase intends to announce dbQ on Wednesday at Internet World in Los Angeles.

The product will work initially with Sybase SQL Server and Sybase SQL Anywhere databases, although Oracle Corp.'s Oracle7 and Microsoft Corp.'s SQL Server databases also will be supported after dbQ ships, said officials at the Emeryville, Calif., company.

dbQ will be offered as an option to Sybase's Jaguar transaction processing monitor, which also is scheduled to ship this year. It will work with IBM's MQSeries messaging system for delivering messages to systems other than databases. dbQ supports Java through JDBC and Java Beans, and its components are available as ActiveX, Java Bean and C++ components, officials said.

Pricing for the product has not been determined. A software development kit for Windows NT and Solaris will be available for downloading starting this week at

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