Executive Summary

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2003-05-12 Print this article Print

: Visual Studio .Net 2003"> Executive Summary: Visual Studio .Net 2003

Usability Excellent
Capability Excellent
Performance Good
Interoperability Good
Manageability Good
Scalability Good
Security Good
Microsofts Visual Studio .Net 2003 is an evolutionary update that integrates Pocket PC application development under the broad umbrella of PC client, server and Web services code creation that Microsoft unveiled last year. The environments tools are better polished than last years versions, although theyre still neither bulletproof nor especially suited to low-level system code—and certainly not to projects aimed at anything but Microsoft platforms. More information is available at www.microsoft.com/visualstudio.

(+) Incorporates handheld device development into unified development model and tool set; addresses developer concerns with Visual Basic migration to .Net model and improves core C++ technology; refines behavior and improves robustness of tools in general compared with prior release.

(-) Remains focused on Microsoft platforms; still poses adoption challenges for developers using legacy Microsoft tools.

  • Borlands Delphi
  • JBuilder
  • Kylix
  • IBMs WebSphere Studio

    Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at salesforce.com, 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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