Microsoft shows 'Nothing But .Net'

Microsoft unveiled a slew of development tools for the .NET framework at last week's Professional Developers Conference, which attendees also dubbed "Nothing But .Net." Microsoft officials used the PDC stage in Los Angeles to showcase the company's products and strategy for developing XML Web Services for interoperable Internet-based applications.

At PDC 2001, Bill Gates and company, unveiled a host of developer tools for its XML platform including .Net Framework and Visual Studio .Net. The Microsoft announcement said that the framework and development tools had been part of the largest beta testing program in company history with more than 2.5 million developers involved worldwide.

Developers attending conference sessions hosted by Senior Vice President Eric Rudder saw demonstrations of the new .NET Framework and Visual Studio.NET toolsets that included head-to-head benchmarks against J2EE from Sun Microsystems, Palo Alto, Calif.

Scott Standfield, CEO of Vertigo Software, Inc.,, a Point Richmond, Calif., software developer, told PDC attendees that his company, a Microsoft partner, ported Sun's Pet Store Java demonstration application from J2EE to .Net with impressive gains in size and performance. Stanfield said that the .Net version of the e-Commerce application was one-third the size of the Java original and ran 28 times faster. He added that the entire port from Java to .Net was done in five weeks by two developers.

Standfield invited his audience to see the comparisons for themselves on the Web where the Sun Pet Store demo can be viewed at and his company's port of it can be seen at

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