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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2003-04-25 Print this article Print

Microsoft also announced enhancements to its Visual Studio .Net Integration Program (VSIP) and .Net Component Builder Program, as well as enhancements to the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) to make it easier and faster for developers to find resources. New MSDN features include five new Developer Centers including ones for the .Net Framework, Visual Basic and Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds. Steve Lasker, the Dallas-based national director of research and development for Immedient Corp., lauded the new platforms Web services support.
"If we consider XML Web services as the ubiquitous communications protocol for applications to exchange business level data, then Windows Server 2003 with .Net 1.1 is the primary platform to host these applications," he said.
Stephen Forte, chief technology officer at Corzen Inc. in New York, added: "The Framework is the code that hosts and executes your Web services and ASP.Net code—or any other .Net code. So the developer gains a lot less headache." VS .Net 2003 comes in three versions: Professional, Enterprise Developer and Enterprise Architect and costs $1,079, $1,799 and $2,499 respectively. Upgrades go for $549, $1,079 and $1,799 respectively. Latest Microsoft News:
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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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