Thanks to Mainsoft, Linux software developers will be able to use from now on Microsoft's Visual Studio to develop Web applications for Linux.
Visual MainWin for J2EE Developer Edition, or Grasshopper, is a free .NET plug-in, and is the result of a two-year collaboration with the Mono development community (the open-source alternative to.NET platform).
The application developed by MainSoft is also available for FormScape, Infogate Online and IBM Rational users.
Grasshopper is aimed at individual users or groups of users who create, debug and implement Web applications for all platforms that support Java, including Windows and Linux. Dezvoltatorii pot folosi fie C# sau Visual Basic .NET ca limbaje de programare.
Mainsoft's Visual MainWin enterprise product suite also exposes Visual Studio to developers that use FormScape, Infogate Online and IBM Rational.
"The announcement is par the course for Mainsoft, which has extended Windows utilities to Unix systems for many years. In the 1990s, Microsoft licensed Windows source code to Mainsoft, which offers tools that help developers get their Windows software running on Unix, including Linux," said Senior Jupiter Analyst Joe Wilcox.