On June 24, the Microsoft SQL Server team announced the public beta availability of the SQL Server 2005 JDBC Driver, a new and fully supported JDBC driver for SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005. The driver enables Java/J2EE applications on any platform to interoperate with SQL Server through the de-facto Java standard for Database Connectivity. Available as a redistributable download for all SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005 users at no additional charge, it features enhanced performance, security and support.
Microsoft encourages the Java community to download and test the beta and provide their feedback for incorporation into the product’s development. The SQL Server 2005 JDBC driver is available for download at http://www.microsoft.com/sql/downloads/2005/jdbc.mspx.