Relational databases certainly have come a very long way since then! Now IBM has released it's database "Viper", officially called DB2 9 ( click here to compare all DB2 9 editions ) and it looks to be a real beauty!
Here's a nice, compact overview of DB2 9 at DB2 Magazine:
Note: there are lots more database resource links at my Web site (indeed, one of the most popular and long-stay pages): http://asiapac.com.au/Links/Database.htm or its backup/mirror: http://notestracker.com/Links/Database.htmThe Rubber Meets the Road ... How will DB2 Viper's hybrid XML-relational data server work in the real world? Customers and partners are kicking the tires, revving the engine, and testing performance and handling. Here's what to look for when you take it out for a spin.