Feeds

Borland splits Together for Visual Studio .NET

Don't expect VSTS plug-ins from partners this year

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Borland Software is updating its application design and modeling tools for .NET to bolster customers using an increasingly dated version of Microsoft's developer suite.

The lifecycle management specialist has launched two role-specific versions of its Together Unified Modeling Language (UML) environment for Microsoft's current version of Visual Studio .NET - launched two years ago.

The products contain features for users designing .NET applications with the Object Management Group's Unified Modeling Language (UML) 2.0 and those coding with Microsoft's increasingly popular Visual C# .NET and controversial Visual Basic .NET.

Borland's launch comes after Microsoft recently confirmed that the update to its current development environment, Visual Studio 2005, and the planned lifecycle management platform, Visual Studio 2005 Team System (VSTS), are again slipping. Both have been pushed back from mid-2005 to "second half of 2005".

Decoded, that phrase is often taken to mean the very end of the year.

Tom Gullion, Borland's Together product manager, said Borland's two products, Together Designer 2005 for Visual Studio .NET and Together Developer 2005 for Visual Studio .NET, will help companies using the current version of Microsoft's IDE get the most from their existing tools.

"There's a lot of hype and hope [around Visual Studio 2005]... we have a lot of customers who have to get the software out of the door today. This is the deployable platform for Visual Studio today and for the rest of the year," he said.

With the delay to Visual Studio 2005 and VSTS, partners of Microsoft's building plug-ins should be expected to deliver products early next year, instead of this year, he added.

Borland used the Together Designer and Together Developer launch to declare its own plans to support Microsoft's somewhat unorthodox approach to application modeling in VSTS. Microsoft is placing its bets on Domain Specific Languages (DSLs), which are expected to help application architects punch out domain-specific models, instead of fully supporting UML.

Gullion said Borland would "complement" DSL with the ability to transfer models to UML and support for features like tracing of code and requirements management expected through integration with Borland's CaliberRM product. Borland also plans a set of documents to help users "grab UML and Microsoft diagrams and pull them into some cohesive whole".

Delivery is of course dependent - as it is for other Microsoft partners - on Microsoft's ability to finally release VSTS. ®

Related stories

MS delays Yukon
Is UML past its sell-by date?
Compuware extends DevPartner Studio

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?
MPAA calls Canadians a bunch of bootlegging movie thieves
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'
Netizens allegedly duped into paying for bogus tech advice
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories
No agenda here. Just don't ever mention Net neutrality or spying, ok?
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.