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Now you see it, now you don't

[Update: The article is back online again here as of 16th August 2007] 

A couple of weeks ago there was an interesting post on IBM's developerWorks site entitled

"Manage Microsoft Office 2007 documents with DB2 9 pureXML - Storing and re-purposing data with PHP's PDO and XQuery using IBM DB2 9"

Written by Chris C. Gruber from Technical Marketing, Developer Initiatives, IBM and dated 24 May 2007 it kicks off by saying

Integrate your Microsoft® Office 2007 documents into your enterprise and Internet applications more easily than ever before with DB2® 9. Review older methods of data interchange with MS Office documents, and learn how MS Office 2007 offers better data interchange. This article discusses interchange with DB2 9 XQuery, Zend Core for IBM®, HP: Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP), and Php Data Objects (PDO) technologies.

Interesting - and a great showcase for OpenXML you'd have thought. Chris' post has a .docx file you can download and demo scripts. It explains how easy it is to "use cross platform technologies like Zend Core for IBM, PHP, PDO and XQuery" to provide "a valuable part of content management and document management solutions." Chris says

"After reading this article, I hope you will find that consuming and re-purposing MS Office 2007 documents is easy with IBM DB2 pureXML™ features. Not much code is required, so this solution is easy to implement."

I know what you're thinking :-) Wow - IBM showing how easy OpenXML is to use and how powerful solutions can be created quickly and easily using cross platform tools. That's what I thought, and it looks like that's what someone in IBM's Standards Prevention Unit thought too, because the article has now been replaced with

"This article is being updated with current information. Check back soon for the updated version.
Please come back and learn how to easily integrate your Microsoft Office 2007 documents into enterprise and Internet applications with DB2 9!"

What a shame. Still for those curious enough to look, the long arm of Google has cached a copy for posterity [update: it's gone from the mighty google now too, but you can use Stephen's cache of Google's cache until I'm told otherwise], although the download etc still doesn't work. I've emailed Chris to ask if there's a PDF of it anywhere I can link to.

Anyway, here's how the page looked

and here's its current instantiation - what happened?

Too bad !!! Well at least we can see one of the PHP examples

And finally Chris' conclusion

My only comment would be to say that consuming and re-purposing OpenXML documents is just as easy - and IBM clearly know how to do it quickly and easily with industry standard cross-platform tools.


Brian Jones: Open XML Formats said:

Stephen was telling me about this article that IBM had written that demonstrated: "consuming and repurposing

# June 12, 2007 7:59 PM

Andreas said:

Stephen, thanks for your constant stream of entries- good reading (especially the last one :-) )

Here is another link you might find useful:

It’s a collection of describing most of the commonly used file formats.

There is a tag field on the page - guess what is currently biggest? – You are right, OpenXML, followed (or almost equal) by PDF.


# June 12, 2007 8:45 PM

TrackBack said:

It's good to see IBM coming out in support of how easy and productive it is to use Open XML. This represents what many IBM'ers say in private - particularly those who care about the customers whose accounts they work on.

# June 12, 2007 11:48 PM

Brian Jones: Open XML Formats said:

Here are a few interesting links I came across this week: Open XML in Science and Nature - Murray Sargent

# June 13, 2007 11:05 PM

TrackBack said:

OK - så er der pludselig opstået en af de situationer som godt kan få en til at trække lidt på smilebåndet Wink

# June 14, 2007 12:16 AM

Doug Mahugh said:

Professor Flavio Soares da Silva from the University of Sao Paulo has an interesting article on "Arguments

# June 14, 2007 3:40 AM

Jonathan said:

It would appear that even the retraction has now been retracted :-) You now get a page not found error. I guess it's just not politically acceptbale to suggest that working with Open XML and Office 2007 is "Easy" if you work for IBM...

# June 14, 2007 4:36 PM

Andre said:

Why don't they leave the standardisation process to IBM then?


Everybody is pissed by Microsoft and many persons look for revenge what Microsoft has done to them. Including me. It is the right time and IBM supports us.

# June 20, 2007 12:05 PM

Romeo Pruno said:

Stephen segnala una simpatica vicenda ;-) Technorati Tags: IBM , OOXML , ECMA376

# July 24, 2007 11:28 AM

ExternalBlogs said:

Stephen segnala una simpatica vicenda ;-) Technorati Tags: IBM , OOXML , ECMA376

# July 24, 2007 11:39 AM said:

Jason Matusow and I were sat next to each other at a meeting at the end of last week. I was laughing

# July 24, 2007 6:42 PM

Blog Team TechNet Italia said:

Technorati Tags: Microsoft , Office , OpenXML Mi è capitato di "passare" sul blog di Brian Jones , e

# February 7, 2008 8:23 PM