Support Grows for .Net

A number of Microsoft partners will announce at VSLive products targeted at Microsoft's .Net.

SAN FRANCISCO—Microsoft Corp. partners will be showing their support for the software giants development tools platform at the VSLive developer conference here this week.

Infragistics Inc., of East Windsor, N.J., a Microsoft partner and maker of reusable presentation layer components for building Microsoft .Net, Common Object Model (COM) and Java applications, announced a new version of its NetAdvantage suite of components for Visual Studio .Net 2003. The new version will ship on March 1 and will be called NetAdvantage 2003 Volume 1. The new release features enhancements to the ASP.Net Grid and compatibility with Visual Studio .Net 2003, which will be released in April.

Brad McCabe, a technical evangelist with Infragistics, said the new naming scheme for the product line indicates its alignment with Microsofts releases. Infragistics also offers a subscription for the suite.

Infragistics NetAdvantage 2003 costs $495, the subscription costs $695, and the enterprise edition is $995. The subscription includes all updates, upgrades, Infragistics .Net source code and all new components added to NetAdvantage 2003 for one year. The enterprise edition includes products, source code, an annual subscription and priority support for a year, the company said.

Infragistics plans to release versions of its NetAdvantage developers suite for the Tablet PC and the .Net Compact Framework later this year.

Meanwhile, Borland Software Corp., which became the first independent software vendor to license the .Net Framework software developers kit, will announce Optimizeit Profiler for the Microsoft .Net Framework, a move that will bolster the companys support for developers building .Net applications.

Optimizeit Profiler for the .Net Framework supports all .Net managed code and provides real-time performance profiling to identify performance issues—even down to highlighting a specific line of source code that is causing a problem, the company said.

In addition, the Scotts Valley, Calif., company will announce that it has joined the Microsoft Visual Studio .Net Integration Program. The program helps ISVs integrate their products with the .Net platform.

Borland also is scheduled to release its Enterprise Studio Version 5 this week.

San Diego-based eHelp Corp. announced RoboHelp Office Pro for .Net, a Help authoring tool for the .Net Framework. The product supports new Windows forms, ASP.Net Web Forms and XML Web services, company officials said. It is priced at $1,999 and includes context-sensitive Help APIs and a new server component, the company said.

And ActiveState Corp., of Vancouver, British Columbia, will announce a product known as PerlASPX 1.0, which makes the Perl language available as an ASP.Net programming language for creating ASP.Net-compliant pages and Web services.