TechEd 2009 test/dev products: A quick tour

Microsoft TechEd 2009 product reviews from developers, administrators. Jan Stafford briefly interviews keynote attendees to get their take on the products spoken about during the conference.

Didn't attend Microsoft TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles and see the new application development and testing products? Well, you wouldn't have found the upcoming new beta of Visual Studio 10 there, but you could have seen some handy new third-party products and services announced. In these video shorts of two minutes or less in length, you'll find out about the products from vendor executives, exactly as you would in the exhibit hall. Each spokesperson describes a new product or service, citing how it addresses problems that hinder development teams' productivity.

Altova's XML and UML tools

Altova product manager David McGahey demonstrated XML, database and UML tools, including Altova MissionKit 2009 for XML developers and Altova Version 2009's new Service Pack 1 at TechEd. Particularly cool, he said, is Version 2009's Sequence Diagram generation in UModel 2009.

David McGahey, Product manager for Altova

AMD's AVX instruction set

Advanced Micro Devices' (AMD) Margaret Lewis described in our interview how AMD's new Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) provide relief from hardware inconsistency problems that plague software developers. The new instruction sets make AMD's Opteron, Athlon and Turion chips more compatible with Intel's Xeon and Core processors, said Lewis, director of commercial ISV marketing for Austin, Texas-based AMD.. This should eliminate the need to tune apps to to different vector extension sets.

Margaret Lewis, Advanced Micro Devices

Ascentn's AgilePoint Developer

Ascentn – and there's no i before the last n -- AgilePoint Developer is part of its suite of enterprise business process management tools, said Brian Ashcraft, Ascentn project manager and product developer. An extension for Microsoft Visual Studio, AgilePoint Developer aids in capturing a legacy APIs, integration code and more via its abstraction framework.

Brian Ashcraft, Project manager for Ascentn

Infragistics NetAdvantage for .NET

Infragistics lead technical evangelist Anthony Lombardo gave tours of the new release of Infragistics NetAdvantage for .NET, a user interface (UI) controls offering that helps speed up builds of robust UIs which empowers developers with flexible and advanced user interface (UI) controls needed to rapidly build and style high-fidelity, full-featured UIs in line of business applications in ASP.NET, WPF, Windows Forms and Silverlight. Infragistics' (Princeton, NJ) specialty is user interface development tools for .NET, ASP.NET, Windows Forms, WPF, Silverlight and JavaServer Faces (JSF).

Anthony Lombardo, lead technical evangelist of Infragistics

Features in Teamprise Client Suite 3.2

Teamprise software engineer Ed Thomson demonstrated the new features in Teamprise Client Suite 3.2, which facilitates access to Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server from outside the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE). In particular, he sees Teamprise Remote Accelerator as a problem-solver for developers who work remotely and need to access Foundation Server.

Ed Thomson, Software engineer for Teamprise

AviCode Intercept Studio

AviCode Intercept Studio, a .NET application monitoring suite, won the Best of TechEd 2009 award for developer tools. In the AviCode booth, Victor Mushkatin, CTO of AviCode ( Baltimore, Md.) described how developers can use the application performance management features in AviCode Intercept uX to monitor and analyze app behavior and get a better grip on the what users experience.

Victor Mushkatin, CTO of AviCode

Developer Express' DXperience 2009

DXperience v2009 volume 1 puts more oomph into the product suite's Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation and Silverlight tools and makes its IDE productivity tools more stable and rebust, said Developer Express CTO Jeff Bucknall. Also, Developer Express (Glendale, CA) has made all its .NET technology downloadable in a single installation file. DevExpress Analytics won Best of TechEd 2009 Awards in the business intelligence and audience pick. Categories.

Julian Bucknall, CTO of Developer Express

JNBridge Pro 4.1

Wayne Citrin, CTO of JNBridge (Boulder, CO), touted the broader interoperability capabilities the May 11 release of version 4.1 brings to the core product. For one thing, 4.1 makes it easier for developers to embed components and controls from Windows Presentation Foundation into Java applications written in Abstract Window Toolkit (AWT), Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT or Swing; or do the same in the other direction, from Java to WPF. JNBridge Pro 4.1 won the Best of TechEd 2009 Award for software components and middleware.

Wayne Citrin, CTO of JNBridge

Lieberman Enterprise Random Password Manager

Phillip Lieberman, president of Leiberman Software cited several ways developers can use the new Enterprise Random Password Manager (ERPM) to ensure the security of their applications. Introduced on May 13, ERPM adds more flexible password management capabilities, as well as integrating with Microsoft System Center to bring stronger security to privileged accounts for GRC (government, risk management and compliance) compliance.

Phillip Lieberman, president of Leiberman Software

Parasoft SOA Quality Solution, SOAtest 6

Simplifying end-to-end testing is the key goal of the new Parasoft SOA Quality Solution, SOAtest 6, according to Wayne Ariola, strategy vice president for Parasoft Corp., Monrovia, CA. The Quality Solution suite automates many lifecycle quality jobs. SOAtest 6 adds the ability to create and execute stable and strong end-to-end testing of an entire transaction, a functionality needed because extended test scenarios are often insubstantial and have short lifespans.

Wayne Ariola, strategy vice president for Parasoft Corp

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