Microsoft creates Visual Studio 6.0 suite to integrate its apps with IBM, Unix apps

Software development tools in Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 can integrate Microsoft
applications with Unix and IBM Systems Network Architecture hosts, Microsoft officials
said. It happens through the suite’s ActiveX Data Object 2.0 and Microsoft SNA Server

They said Visual Studio 6.0 is suitable for developing client-server, Web and database
applications as well as midtier components.

The tool suite is Microsoft’s latest in its drive to become a serious enterprise
player through components based on the company’s Windows Distributed interNet
Applications architecture.

Bundled in the suite are Visual Basic 6.0, Visual C++ 6.0, Visual FoxPro 6.0, Visual
InterDev Web 6.0 and Visual J++ for Java 6.0. The design and analysis tools are Visual
Modeler 2.0 and Visual Studio Analyzer. Also included are several team tools: Distributed
Web Project Model, Visual SourceSafe 6.0, Microsoft Repository 2.0 and Visual Component
Manager 2.0.

Microsoft officials said 115 software vendors have announced plans to develop for
Visual Studio 6.0. They said there are as many as 1,200 products based on Microsoft’s
compatible Component Object Model.

Using the suite’s ActiveX Data Object 2.0, developers can make a single interface
for accessing data from Oracle7 Release 7.31 and later versions of Oracle Corp. databases
as well as IBM DB2 databases running on IBM AS/400 and mainframe computers.

The Supreme Court has been a Visual Studio 6.0 beta test site, said Microsoft product
manager Jeff Ressler. Visual Studio 6.0 Professional Edition starts at $1,079; upgraders
pay $549. Agencies can also get the individual development tools priced from $109.

Microsoft posts third-party products that are designed to work with Visual Studio, as
well as pricing and packaging information,

on its Web site at

Contact Microsoft at 425-882-8080.   

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