cosort_logo.png Florida-based Innovative Routines today released CoSort 9, a data manipulation solution for Linux, Windows and Unix.Migration and data conversion are notoriously tricky, particularly when it comes to multiple data formats. CoSort 9 is able to both manipulate and migrate large XML and LDIF files to and from different formats. Before CoSort, few methods for this type of data conversion and processing existed, in particular for files of gargantuan size. While XML files, for example, are a popular interchange format, large versions of XML files are difficult to manipulate or convert into other formats. Conversely, LDIF is able to house large amounts of data efficiently but is neither importable nor processable for most apps. It is between these two deeply-loved, but inflexible, formats that CoSort makes its magic sauce. It doesn't just convert LDIF and XML (both uniform and sequential!) formats; it'll also convert COBOL, CVS and other legacy versions. What's more, its talents exceed mere conversion; it also sorts, reports on and protects (via encryption, de-ID, etc) data in large, flat XML files directly. But it's legacy! you cry. Who cares about legacy file formats? Because, as Senior Software Engineer Don Purnhagen at IRI explains, "Vast amounts of valuable data are still processed in legacy file formats." Purnhagen hastens to add, "New customer-facing applications are being developed using service oriented architecture (SOA) and driven by data in XML format. CoSort V9 bridges the gap between these disparate technologies, allowing their data to flow both ways." And when it comes to LDIF, CoSort goes the extra mile, processing billions of rows of Directory Access Protocol data so organizations can analyze, and integrate, LDIF records alongside other data formats and warehouse processes. Finally manipulation specialists have a friend in the mix. Learn more about CoSort right here, yo.