January 30, 2007 Timothy Prickett Morgan
Mainsoft, a developer of software tools that allow .NET applications to run on J2EE-enabled applications servers, last week announced a preview of the 2.0 release of its “Grasshopper” plug-in for Microsoft‘s Visual Studio 2005.
The Grasshopper project is a free version of the commercial Visual MainWin for J2EE Developer Edition, and it allows programmers familiar with the .NET tools to kick out Java applications that can then be deployed on J2EE-enabled servers. Grasshopper only supports Apache Tomcat, but the Visual MainWin for J2EE Enterprise Edition supports IBM‘s WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Portal Server. On the WebSphere