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Next Visual Studio will put code on a diet

The next version of Microsoft's Visual Studio developer tool set, code-named Whidbey, will reduce the amount of code needed to develop applications, Microsoft says.

LOS ANGELES -- On Tuesday at its Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft revealed more details about its upcoming Visual Studio developer tool set, code-named Whidbey.

Microsoft's general plan is to make its tools easier to use and more efficient, so that it takes less time overall to develop better, more secure applications. The trickle-down effect for IT administrators is that, if all goes as Microsoft plans, they will one day be working with sleeker, more manageable and secure software.

Some high points in Whidbey include the ability for corporate-application developers to design service-oriented architectures (SOAs) and operations infrastructure simultaneously. Microsoft is touting a major reduction in the amount of code necessary to develop applications, and Whidbey will also offer better ways to create and maintain Web sites that have a common look and feel, Redmond says.

One customer said that for him, the best feature of Whidbey was the ease of use in transferring data when developing for Web services. "We write our own Web services, and today we have to manually transfer data," said John Baldwin, a systems analyst at the Houston-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is part of NASA. "It looks like a lot of the manual work is now going to be built in."

Eric Rudder, Microsoft's senior vice president of servers and tools, told application developers to take heed and be more proactive about designing security into applications. He told his audience to look for new tools from Microsoft in the near future that will help them design more secure applications. Those tools will be the commercial versions of the tools Microsoft has developed for its own internal use.


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