IBM today quietly released an update for the beta program of their upcoming DB2 release, code-named “Stinger”.

This release is touted to include suggestions made by beta program participants and brings the product one step closer to a full release.

With a number of developer-specific features IBM is attempting to woo back the developer community who may have found in the recent past it was easier to develop and deploy applications on other platforms, namely Microsoft’s SQL Server. To that end, Stinger is tightly integrated with both Visual Studio.NET and IBM’s own WebSphere Studio and offers the ability to write stored procedures using any of the CLR (common language runtime) supported languages. Microsoft will introduce similar functionality in SQL Server 2005 (formerly code-named “Yukon”) but IBM may beat them to market.