Visual Studio

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2002-02-18 Print this article Print

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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 product—if only so that competing tool makers can assess the gaps and rough spots that leave room for more enterprise-ready alternatives.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // No development shop should attempt to learn this whole thing at once. Any single element—new Visual Basic, new C#, new security APIs, new integrated modeling tools—would 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.

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.

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Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developersÔÇÖ technical requirements on the companyÔÇÖs evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter companyÔÇÖs first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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