IBM has donated Cloudscape, an embedded relational Java database that has been in active development since 1996, to the Apache project, where it will be called Apache Derby.

There's a Cloudscape tutorial site on IBM DeveloperWorks and an Apache Incubator site where it can be downloaded.


Can you guess on how fast Hibernate will come out with support for Cloudscape?

I haven't tried Hibernate yet. There's so much great open source database software for Java lately I can't keep up.

We've come a long way, thanks to the borglike might of the open source community. When I was writing one of the first versions of Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days, I couldn't find a free, good JDBC driver for Java anywhere.

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