Last week IBM released DB2 Express-C 9.7.4. This new version of the free flagship database by IBM mostly focuses on enhancements rather than new features, as you can read in this developerWorks article by my colleague Raul, “What’s new with DB2 Express-C 9.7.4“.
What’s more interesting to me is that IBM has implemented a completely new full text search engine known as DB2 Text Search, which will probably be available to the public as an add-on in a week or so. We had a couple of different text search engines in the past, but IBM decided to focus on just one and make it as good as it gets. I look forward to playing with it, and reporting here on the blog about its capabilities in a future article.
For the time being, I encourage you to download DB2 Express-C 9.7.4. As a reminder, it’s free, and you can use in production without having to pay a fee.