Compuware readying for Microsoft 'Whidbey' release

JOHANNESBURG (01/20/2004) - Compuware Corp. is already working with Microsoft Corp. to try to ensure that its application development solutions are fully compatible with the next release of the Visual Studio .Net development product. Code-named Whidbey, the release date is set for the end of this year.

Visual Studio Whidbey is expected to introduce new features that improve the overall usability and effectiveness of Visual Studio .Net, as well as a new .Net application lifecycle initiative.

Paul Wandrag, technical consultant at Compuware South Africa (SA), says the .Net application lifecycle initiative is premised on the belief that no single vendor, including Microsoft, can supply best-of-breed capabilities across the full breadth of this space.

"Therefore, Microsoft intends to define and implement a Common Tools Platform as part of the Visual Studio Whidbey release. The platform is a mechanism that will allow both Microsoft and partner tools to tightly integrate into Visual Studio Whidbey, and to share data in a well-defined manner," he explains.

Compuware says that it has a solid portfolio of tools and services that address the needs of the overall application development lifecycle, including build, test, pre-production and production monitoring, across technologies including Microsoft, Java and Mainframe.

"Compuware enjoys a beneficial partnering status with Microsoft, both from a business and technology perspective, and has a long history of tight integration into Visual Studio," says Wandrag.

"We are leveraging this partnership to ensure that, when Whidbey is released, Compuware will be ready with its toolsets and application development products, which will speed developer productivity and ensure reliable applications," he adds.

Compuware's DevPartner, QACenter and Vantage products will offer support for Visual Studio Whidbey.

"Compuware plans to tightly integrate DevPartner Studio into Visual Studio Whidbey, as well as offer support for testing and managing applications utilizing the .Net Framework technologies and protocols. The support will continue to provide the Microsoft development community the very best capabilities to quickly produce robust applications that operate with the highest level of quality, and to ensure their continued successful operation," Wandrag says.

The DevPartner family of products aims to focus on the needs of legacy Visual Studio 6 development, separately or interoperating with new .Net development, which is said to be essential to the majority of customers looking to adopt .Net while maximizing their past development investments.

"DevPartner Studio also enables the development of distributed applications, along with the ability to gather memory, performance and code coverage data from remote machines with DevPartner Studio Server.

"Through its commitment to working with Microsoft to assist it in the definition of the Whidbey Common Tools Platform, and then integrating Compuware products into the platform, Compuware provides significant added value in a variety of build, test and manage products, that already complement Visual Studio development," he concludes.

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