is an integration framework that can be customized
by using Microsoft's programming languages. By customized
we mean that the application specific business logic
and integration control logic can be programmed in Visual
Basic or Visual C#. The resulting application inter-operates
with the MitemView framework at runtime via
an event-driven interface.
interfacing with Microsoft development tools it is helpful
to think about the world before the announcement of
.NET and the world after.
.NET the principal Microsoft interface technology used
with MitemView was COM (Component Object Model).
Applications that present a COM-based interface can
be configured in multiple flavors including regular
COM, COM+, MTS (Microsoft Transaction Server and ASP
(Active Server Pages).
NXTier Services supports all COM interfaces. One simply
uses the NXTier Services Toolkit to develop a Delegate
that exposes a component interface and installs as a
business object. This Delegate establishes a synchronous
connection in keeping with COM conventions. The requesting
application can invoke methods on this business object
and NXTier automatically executes the appropriate services
on the remote MitemView Server.
.NET IS THE FUTURE
the advent of the .NET Framework one has to consider
more than just the Microsoft object model. Fortunately,
given the tight integration between MitemView
and Microsoft's most widely used development tool -Visual
Basic - MitemView is able to inherit .NET
functionality from the Microsoft tool kit.
integration products typically include their own proprietary
development environment and/or programming language.
This means that vendors of such products must constantly
play catch-up with Microsoft by manually adding .NET
support (or any other Microsoft technology) into their
has always been tightly integrated with the leading
3rd party development tools like Visual Basic, PowerBuilder
and Java. By using MitemView with a tool like
Visual Basic .NET, MITEM's customers are able to enjoy
the best of the Microsoft and MITEM worlds combined
into a single integrated development environment. With
the release of Visual Studio .NET (that includes Visual
Basic .NET), Microsoft has created the premiere authoring
system for XML Web Services. Visual Studio .NET includes
full support for XML, SOAP, WSDL and UDDI.
foresight in providing full support for Microsoft's
development tools will translate into real value as
customers begin to plan their migration to a .NET infrastructure.
Those moving from non-Microsoft languages will find
the journey much longer and more expensive - most likely
requiring a total re-write of their existing applications.