Bridging The Gap

Mainsoft offering melds Windows and Java development; company looks into leak

Charles Babcock, Editor at Large, Cloud

February 20, 2004

1 Min Read

Mainsoft Corp. is looking to bridge the gap between two popular Web-development environments. It's offering a product that lets companies move applications built in Microsoft's Visual Basic and C# to Java platforms.

Windows and Java skills often are split between developer teams. "They tend not to mix and match," Gartner analyst Mark Driver says. Mainsoft MainWin J2EE, priced at $5,000 per developer, could enlist Visual Basic programmers in Java Web projects, he says.

Mainsoft faces allegations that a recent leak of Microsoft source code came from one of its computers. Mainsoft president and CEO Yaacov Cohen says it's unclear how the breach happened. Says Cohen: "We are investigating with Microsoft and law-enforcement officials."

About the Author(s)

Charles Babcock

Editor at Large, Cloud

Charles Babcock is an editor-at-large for InformationWeek and author of Management Strategies for the Cloud Revolution, a McGraw-Hill book. He is the former editor-in-chief of Digital News, former software editor of Computerworld and former technology editor of Interactive Week. He is a graduate of Syracuse University where he obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism. He joined the publication in 2003.

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