Mainsoft Java Platform Adds ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Support

Milpitas, Calif.-based Mainsoft, known for its development-related interop software, on Tuesday released a new 2.2 version of Mainsoft for Java EE that offers "full support" for ASP.NET 2.0 components for AJAX-type Web applications. The solution provides a "cross-platform development framework for the Java Virtual Machine [VM]," according to the company's announcement.

Developers can use Microsoft's Visual Studio integrated development environment, write AJAX apps and deploy using various server technologies.

"With the 2.2 release, developers can use the Visual Studio development environment and ASP.NET AJAX to develop enterprise applications with a sophisticated user interface, and deploy their applications on Windows servers, Java EE servers, or both," explained Yaacov Cohen, president and CEO of Mainsoft, in a released statement.

The new version lets .NET-based AJAX applications run on Java-based Apache Tomcat and IBM WebSphere application servers natively. Mainsoft's announcement cites improved .NET conversion speeds via a new algorithms that improve performance up to 260 percent.

"Version 2.2 incorporates numerous performance enhancements developed over the past five years to ensure ported applications perform and scale as well on the Java VM as the original application performs on .NET," Eyal Eliahu Alaluf, vice president of technology at Mainsoft, said in the same release.

To use Mainsoft's solution, developers using the .NET framework don't have to code in JavaScript, but they do need some knowledge about a Java VM.

"Today, any developer who can build a well-structured .NET application, and is knowledgeable about how the Java VM works, can deliver equivalent performance and scalability on Java and .NET," Eliahu continued.

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