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Category-defining aids for developing and deploying Web services make Microsofts long-awaited Visual Studio tool set update a must-see productif only so that competing tool makers can assess the gaps and rough spots that leave room for more enterprise-ready alternatives.
LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // The high-level message of this product is that developers need to learn to write paranoid code. The naive optimism of stand-alone PC applications must be replaced by the wary rigor of secure, fault-tolerant distributed services: Evaluating and using appropriate infrastructure is at least as important as learning C# or mastering the minutiae of the .Net Framework. PROS // Impressive ability to leverage developer skills toward Web services efforts. CONS // Arduous learning curve for new security tools; some facilities demo well but may not bear up in large projects. Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash.; (800) 426-9400; msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/
SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // No development shop should attempt to learn this whole thing at once. Any single elementnew Visual Basic, new C#, new security APIs, new integrated modeling toolswould be noteworthy: The combined effect is overwhelming. Make a technology road map that reflects enterprise goals and learn VS .Net in pieces along the way.