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Legacy transformation tools aim to please Java and .NET coders

Java and .NET developers who wish to incorporate legacy applications into their Web applications can use NetManage tools, says Yuan Huntington, director of product management at the firm, which also markets the Rumba host-to-PC terminal emulator product.

Seeking market share in a niche served by Attachmate, Jacada and others, Huntington describes his company's OnWeb product as an application development environment for transforming legacy applications into Web apps. OnWeb includes graphical development tools that work with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and Borland JBuilder, he notes.

Developers working in either Microsoft or Java can use the tools to 'encapsulate the legacy business processes' into Web services, .NET assemblies or J2EE objects, such as EJBs, adds Roy Mitchell, senior product manager for OnWeb. For J2EE developers, this is another gentler Java tool to help them avoid having to deal with the complexity of EJBs.

OnWeb's graphical tools are also designed to save .NET and Java developers from having to figure out code written in Cobol, Natural and the other ancient languages of the 1970s and 1980s. 'We shield developers from interacting with the host,' is the way Mitchell puts it.

Links: For more information on NetManage tools and strategies for bringing legacy apps to the Web, please go to http://www.netmanage.com .
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Rich Seeley is Web Editor for Campus Technology.

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