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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2005-02-10 Print this article Print

Archbell said he is content to take even a small piece of the "finite but large" legacy modernization market. In fact, he said he sees the market worth upward of $30 billion if service, hardware and support are added to the equation.

Although Micro Focus has standardized on Visual Studio and .Net as its platform of choice for modernizing legacy applications, Archbell said he sanctioned an effort to look at an alternative solution based on the open-source Eclipse platform championed by IBM, which has a lot at stake in the mainframe modernization trend.

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He said that only a small minority of his companys customers wanted to go with Eclipse and that he decided supporting two IDEs was not the right move.

"At the end of the day, we have to do Visual Studio," Archbell said. "To do two IDEs would make no sense at all. Were betting on Microsoft."

Also betting on Microsoft is Infragistics Inc., of East Windsor, N.J., which announced shipment of its NetAdvantage 2005 Volume 1 suite of user interface tools for Microsoft Windows Forms, ASP.Net, Tablet PC and COM (Component Object Model).

Infragistics also announced the release of TestAdvantage, a set of custom libraries for the automated testing of presentation layer development using Mercury Interactive Corp.s QuickTest Professional .Net add-in.

"In the past, companies had to have QA [quality assurance] departments working alongside development teams to do this kind of thing," said Dean Guida, CEO of Infragistics.

"Its a very human, intense process. Until we built TestAdvantage, there was no productive way of testing the UI," Guida added. "The UI is a major part of being able to drive business. We think this tool is really big and is going to have a huge impact on our ISVs."

"Wed be very happy to get just a 5 percent slice of that market," he said.

Also at the show, AutomatedQA Corp., of Las Vegas, announced support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System in the latest releases of the companys TestComplete, AQtime and Automated Build Studio solutions., of Eugene, Ore., announced CommStudio, a set of components and visual debugging tools for integrating remote systems and devices with Visual Studio .Net 2003.

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Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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