Sleepycat Software Bundled with Latest Python Programming Language and Zope Corporation's ZODB Software

Jul 24, 2003, 01:00 ET from Sleepycat Software

    LINCOLN, Mass., July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Sleepycat Software, makers of
 Berkeley DB -- the most widely deployed application-specific data management
 software in the world with over 200 million deployments -- today announced
 that Berkeley DB ships with the latest Python Software Foundation's (PSF)
 Python programming language, version 2.3.
     The Python 2.3 Windows installer includes the Berkeley DB libraries, while
 the Python wrapper module has been updated to support the latest Berkeley DB
 4.1 API. Zope Corporation, home of PythonLabs, now ships the company's Z
 Object Database (ZODB) version 3.2 and Zope application server version 2.7
 with Berkeley DB-based storages.
     "Berkeley DB is a fast, reliable data management system for many of the
 high-performance applications that developers build with Python," said Guido
 van Rossum, President of the PSF and creator of the Python language.
     "Berkeley DB is designed for modular use, and Python makes it easy for
 developers to build applications incrementally, adding modules as necessary
 for important new tasks," said Bryan Richard, publisher of Py Magazine, a
 leading industry publication covering Python development. "Berkeley DB stores
 Python data in native format and has a small footprint for faster, smoother
 deployment in scripted applications."
     Python, an interpreted, interactive, highly portable, object-oriented
 programming language, is popular for fast prototyping and Web application
 development. Python's improved interoperability with Berkeley DB will enable
 applications to more reliably and rapidly store and access data. The added
 transactional and high availability support that Berkeley DB provides ensures
 data integrity and increases system availability for data intensive
     Python 2.3 contains an updated module, wrapping the Berkeley DB 4.1
 application programming interface.  This provides Python programs extensive
 access to Berkeley DB features. In addition, the Python 2.3 Windows installer
 bundles the latest version of the Berkeley DB libraries.  Python 2.3 delivers
 20 percent higher performance, Unicode filename support, source file encoding,
 universal newlines, import from zip files, improved support for new-style
 classes, upgraded standard modules and packages, as well as many other
     Zope's persistency is provided by the ZODB, a transparent, transactional,
 object-oriented database for native Python applications.  Zope 2.7 and the
 stand-alone ZODB 3.2 releases include a set of storages built on the Berkeley
 DB module for Python.  By leveraging Berkeley DB's transactional facilities,
 the Berkeley DB storages provide extremely reliable data retention.
     "We're pleased that Zope has chosen Berkeley DB as the data manager for
 Python and included our software in their Z Object DB product release," said
 Michael Olson, CEO of Sleepycat Software. "Sleepycat is committed to serving
 the data management needs of both our open source and commercial customers
 with superior price-performance, reliability and scalability."
     About Zope Corporation
     Zope Corporation is the leading provider of enterprise content management
 solutions based on the open source Zope application server and its Content
 Management Framework (CMF). Zope Corporation rapidly creates and deploys high-
 performance content management solutions that are scalable, reliable, and
 easily maintained. Source code is delivered with their systems, so clients
 have complete control over their software. Customers include Fortune 1000
 companies, newspapers and other media, telecommunications firms, government
 agencies, the military, educational institutions and Internet businesses. Zope
 Corporation is backed by Opticality Ventures The company
 is headquartered in Virginia. For more on Zope Corporation and Zope visit
     About the Python Software Foundation
     The Python Software Foundation (PSF) is a non-profit membership
 organization devoted to advancing open source technology related to the Python
 programming language. It qualifies under the US Internal Revenue Code as a
 tax-exempt 501(c)(3) scientific and educational public charity, and conducts
 its business according to the rules for such organizations.
     About Sleepycat Software
     Sleepycat Software ( makes Berkeley DB, the most widely-
 used application-specific data management software in the world with more than
 200 million deployments. Customers such as Alcatel, Amazon, British Telecom,
 Cisco Systems, EMC, Ericsson, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Motorola, RSA Security, Sun
 Microsystems, TIBCO and Veritas rely on Berkeley DB for fast, scalable,
 reliable and cost-effective data management for their mission-critical
 applications. Profitable since it was founded in 1996, Sleepycat is a
 privately-held company with offices in California and Massachusetts.
      Editorial Contact:
      Sleepycat Software
      Craig Oda
      Ph: 650-473-0600, ext. 102

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