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db4objects appoints German Viscuso as Global Community Host

HONG KONG, China, Jan. 8, 2007 - At the company's global developer meeting in Hong Kong, db4objects (, creator of the open source object database db4o, today announced the appointment of German Viscuso as Global Community Host. Viscuso manages the db4o Hispanic community (db4oHUG) and has built it into one of the most active non-English user groups. In his new role, he will manage the interface between the db4objects company and the fast growing open source community of the db4o project, which now has more than 18,000 registered users from 120 countries.

"I plan to make db4o's community larger and deeper at the same time," said Viscuso. "To achieve this goal, we have established a model how community members have a rite of passage to incrementally and easily increase their commitment towards db4o and participate in the advance of db4o's cutting edge technology. We welcome more and more community contributions as outlined in db4o's new Contribution Guide, but also target to grow the registered developer community to 100,000 and beyond within 1-2 years."

Viscuso's first task will be to welcome 20 additionally nominated db4o Most Valued Professionals (dVP) to bring the total number to 53 dVPs in the class of 2007, stemming from 23 different countries. Among those dVPs who attend the Hong Kong conference on invitation from db4objects are Heaven Han Wei from China, Tetsuo Torigai from Canada, and Pieter van Zyl from South Africa. These three have contributed to the db4o community with Chinese localization, community peer support, and database benchmarks, respectively.

The week-long Hong Kong db4o Developer Conference 2007 includes discussion of the db4o product roadmap as called for by the db4o community in an open voting and contribution process. China was selected as the venue to respond to the extremely rapid growth of the db4o Chinese community, which has overtaken Japan and Germany as the world's second largest db4o user base after the U.S.

About db4objects, Inc
db4objects, Inc ( sponsors the development, commercially licenses and supports db4o, the open source object database. Driven by the world's largest community of its kind, with 15,000 registered Java and .NET developers and counting, db4o offers the ultimate persistence solution to store objects of any complexity natively, with only one line of code. Development managers at the most innovative companies such as Boeing, Bosch, Intel, Ricoh and Seagate rely on db4o to increase developer productivity and bring differentiated products to market faster than their competition.

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