By Vijaya George
Microsoft's Visual Studio.NET promises to empower the region's developers to create the application tools required to develop .NET-based applications and XML web services.
Microsoft Middle East is all set to launch its Visual Studio.NET, which will enable developers to create the application tools required to develop .NET-based applications and XML web services. The software vendor will conduct a one-day developer session in Dubai on May 29 at Fairmont Hotel to mark the regional launch of Visual Studio.NET."The Middle East is home to over 6000 strong and vibrant developer community and Microsoft is delivering the tools and technologies for these developers to build intelligent and futuristic applications that can be accessed from anytime, anyplace and from any device,” commented Mohammed Kateeb, general manager, Microsoft Gulf. “As the first fully integrated development environment for building XML Web services and next-generation Internet applications, Visual Studio .NET and the .NET Framework will enable the next big wave of developer opportunity in the region," he added. The .NET platform is a set of Microsoft software technologies that enable the creation and use of XML-based applications, processes, and Web sites as services that allow applications to communicate and share data over the Internet, regardless of the operating system or programming language. “Visual Studio .NET is the most comprehensive multi-language development tool for rapidly building and integrating XML web-services and applications, significantly increasing developer productivity, while enabling new business opportunities,” explained Ihab Foudeh, Microsoft’s .NET developer manager. “It arms software developers with powerful tools to rapidly design broad-reach Web applications for any device and any platform, as well as to build powerful Windows applications. It also enables developers to rapidly build reusable business logic that can be seamlessly integrated within the organisational firewall and beyond, with suppliers, partners and consumers,” he added. Visual Studio .NET supports over 23 programming languages and has been designed with deep integration of Internet standards and protocols such as SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) with native support for XML. Foudeh also commented that competing technologies such as the J2EE architecture were not ready to compete with .NET.At the one-day developer seminar, all aspects of Visual Studio.NET’s capabilities will be covered including the significance of XML Web services, Microsoft’s blue print for its .NET platform, introduction to.NET enterprise servers and demonstrations of applications built on the .NET platform. Attendees will also be able to avail of special discounts on the Visual Studio.NET training program as well as related literature.