Software vendor Mainsoft has been offering an open source Mono-based .NET solution called Visual MainWin, which helped solve the issue for .NET 1.1 deployments on Java J2EE servers. Mainsoft has now updated and re-branded their solution to Mainsoft for Java EE, version 2.0 in a bid to help enterprise CIOs deploy both .NET and Java on the same production platform.
"The idea is to enable .NET developers to create enterprise Web applications from Visual Studio that can be deployed cross platform so they can deploy to any Java-enabled platform, like Linux," Yaacov Cohen, president and CEO of Mainsoft, told internetnews.com.
"It was a lot of work for us to upgrade from .NET 1.1 to .NET 2.0, which is three times bigger," Cohen said.
Mainsoft 2.0 does not support all aspects of the .NET 2.0 framework. Support for Windows forms is not entirely complete, though Cohen argued that Mainsoft 2.0 provides all the necessary components for enterprise Web applications. Windows forms are generally considered to be key for rich-client applications.
Nor are there any performance gains in the release, though Cohen said that the new version will maintain equivalent performance with native .NET 2.0 production deployment.