Responding to survey results which show strong demand for tools that can create both Java and Microsoft .NET Framework-based applications, Kinzan today made available a beta version of Kinzan Studio that integrates with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003. This offering, along with the already shipping Kinzan Studio that integrates with Eclipse, completes a first-of-its-kind tool suite that allows companies to use the same flexible Model-View-Controller design and visual assembly workflow from within each platform’s IDE of choice.

“It used to be that developers at IT departments and system integrators were tasked with mastering just one platform,” said Garland Wong, president, Kinzan. “Customers have told us that this is changing and they want to use Kinzan Studio to rapidly assemble flexible Web applications across both the Java platform and Microsoft .NET Framework.”

Of the more than 150 developers surveyed, approximately 38 percent work on both Java and .NET Framework-based projects. Among developers inside system integrators the number rose to 50 percent.

“We have primarily been a Java shop, but some of our customers are starting to express a preference for .NET Framework-based solutions so we need to ensure our capabilities are more balanced,” said Tom Gray, CTO, Kainos. “We are looking for tools that will enable our developers to also create Microsoft .NET Web applications and thereby make us more efficient and responsive to customer demand.”

Prashant Sridharan, lead product manager in the .NET Developer Product Management Group at Microsoft Corp., said, “Kinzan Studio is a valuable addition to Visual Studio .NET 2003 and fits nicely into our upcoming Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System enhancements by providing teams of developers with a common design to follow that results in very flexible Web applications.”

“Most developers using Java know the Model-View-Controller (MVC) design but we think MVC should be the basis for all Web application development,” said Wong. “Using Kinzan Studio, developers re-use or create what we call ‘MVC components’ and then visually assemble them together into a complete, flexible Web application.”

Developers can download the beta release of Kinzan Studio for the Microsoft .NET Framework, which runs as an add-in to Visual Studio .NET 2003, from