Mainsoft Debuts Visual Studio .Net Plug-In

Mainsoft also announced that it is collaborating with Mono, an open-source development community that is developing an open source version of the Microsoft .NET development platform. With Grasshopper, Visual Studio .NET developers can contribute enhancements, class libraries, and fixes to Grasshopper's and Mono's shared open source runtime.

As the first Visual Studio-based IDE for Linux, Grasshopper enables individual developers to develop, debug, and deploy Web applications and Web services for Windows, Linux, and any Java-enabled platform using Visual Studio software, C#, and Visual Basic .NET. Grasshopper is designed for individual developers and for small user group deployments. Access to enterprise features such as multi-CPU capabilities and fully-featured J2EE servers, including WebSphere, JBoss, and WebLogic, are available in Visual MainWin for J2EE enterprise Edition.

Grasshopper exposes Mono's open source ASP.NET and ADO.NET class libraries to the Visual Studio developer so that the .NET developer can use Visual Studio software to add class libraries, bug fixes, and enhancements to the open source runtime.

Grasshopper is available immediately.

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