Developer Product Briefs
Isolate and Eliminate Performance Issues
Check out the latest upgrades to your favorite VS.NET add-ins, including a product that helps you isolate and eliminate performance issues and memory leaks.
Instrumentation Model Kit 1.0
Instrumentation Model Kit contains more than 130 ready-made instruments and an extensive package of 3-D skins that let you create real-life user interfaces. You can build progress bars, meters, dials, sliders, gauges, odometers, thermometers, switches, and any other specific controls. You can create unique controls from nothing, or you can access a library of ready-made components. The elements you create can arbitrarily combine drawing primitives, bitmapped images, and specialized elements (such as scales and sliders). You can make application interfaces be intuitively understandable for your client, using graphic components that were engineered specially for the application. Starts at $750.
SQL Effects Clarity
SQL Effects Clarity is a SQL Server database comparison tool that focuses on ease of use, flexible comparison selections and criteria, comparison performance, and a GUI review of differences. It also offers multiple results analysis, such as a side-by-side schema view, as well as reporting and export methods. You can identify the exact differences at a high level or by drilling down to specific detail. You can also configure which attributes of schema objects are considered for comparison, allowing you to identify differences between only certain aspects of database objects. SQL Effects Clarity allows you to repeat common comparisons by saving connections, selections, settings, and session-level configurations in a reloadable named session file. $139.
SQL Effects Software
AQtime is a performance-profiling and memory-debugging toolset for Microsoft, Borland, Intel, Compaq, and GNU compilers. It helps you isolate and eliminate all performance issues and memory/resource leaks within your code by generating reports for your .NET and Win32 applications. It collects performance and memory/resource allocation information at run time and delivers it to you both in summarized and detailed forms, with all of the tools you need to begin the optimization process. Version 4.6 features a number of bug fixes, as well as support for applications created in Visual Studio 2005 beta 2. Also, the Resource profiler now displays managed routines in the call stack shown in the Details panel. $599.99.
Ektron CMS400.NET includes workflow and task management, WYSIWYG editing tools, support for HTML and XML Web forms, content translation and localization features, and more. Version 5.0 ships with a new add-on component, Ektron DMS400, the company's recently released document management system. Version 5 also adds power to out-of-the-box XML authoring and tagging capabilities to support more detailed and accurate searching, as well as content serving based on user behavior. It adds customizable search fields holding data for HTML pages, documents, forms, images, and other library items. Version 5 offers new monthly and daily display/view options, along with hover-over display, event descriptions, and multi-language support. Starts at $7,200.
Phone: 866-435-8766; 603-594-0249
DevTest features defect-tracking and QA test-management software. It provides process automation, workflow, detailed searching, and reporting for QA test management, all configured with a point-and-click administration tool. Version 1.5 features the DevTest TestLink API module, which lets you integrate DevTest with third-party test-automation applications. You may schedule, execute, and maintain automated test scripts from within the DevTest client. Version 1.5 also introduces a stopwatch-timing feature that enables project teams to use either automatic or manual stopwatch time tracking to measure the performance of their testing teams. Managers may set the stopwatch to start automatically whenever a QA engineer begins to update an issue and set it to stop whenever a project member saves changes. Contact vendor for pricing.
Phone: 800-439-7782; 925-871-3900
InstallAnywhere provides a consistent deployment experience on every platform. Version 7 produces Windows Installer (MSI) packages automatically, through integration with InstallAnywhere.NET. It also includes Java J2SE 5.0 support: InstallAnywhere can install the J2SE 5.0 Java Virtual Machine automatically for client and server applications. Version 7 also lets you share components between different applications, ensuring consistency and reducing footprint. Installers can check prerequisites and dependencies on other product installations and configurations, and you can group together installation actions logically, permitting several actions to share common rules and simplifying the creation of complex installation solutions. Starts at $999.
Report Sharp-Shooter 1.9
Report Sharp-Shooter is a report-building component for developers utilizing the .NET Framework. It lets you create complex, bound or unbound reports based on multiple data sources. Generated reports may contain an unlimited number of master-detail relations and may be exported to a multitude of electronic document formats. Report Sharp-Shooter is compatible with Microsoft Visual Studio for .NET, Borland C++ Builder, and Delphi .NET, though you can use it without any IDE support. It supports all .NET data sources, including ADO.NET and third-party business objects. You can export reports to 13 popular file formats, from PDF to XML, HTML, and RTF. Version 1.9 allows assigning formatted text with the help of tags. The PDF export filter now supports embedded fonts, and the package also features more than 90 utilization examples written in C++, VB.NET, and Delphi. Starts at $375.
SftButton/OCX 2.0 is an ActiveX button control that offers an optional drop-down, up to two images in each button control, a gradient fill background, single and multiline text, a customizable Click event, and a definable auto-repeat interval. It supports standard button and toggle button styles. It fully supports .NET, C#, VB.NET, Visual Basic 6, Visual C++ (MFC, ATL), Delphi, Visual Studio, and more. New features include help integration for VS.NET 2002, 2003, and 2005, including DynamicHelp and IntelliSense help; additional syntax documentation for C#, VB.NET, and enhanced language-specific topics; additional samples; a new button style with a single-pixel border; a new DropDownStyle property to define the width of the drop-down button; new gradient fill properties; and more. $149.
SOAPtest 4.0 helps you develop secure, compliant, and reliable Web services. Version 4.0 introduces automated, repeatable penetration testing at the message level to detect Web services' security vulnerabilities. Testing includes SQL injections, XML bombs, parameter fuzzing, and XPath injections. SOAPtest features scriptless testing; WS-Security, SAML, Username Token, XML Encryption, and XML Signature support; UDDI support; asynchronous testing; data-driven testing through data sources; MIME attachment support; and complete coverage testing workflow through complex scenarios and multiple service endpoints. Version 4.0 also offers UDDI Registry support, including a Query UDDI tool you can use to send inquiries to a UDDI Registry for verification and validation. SOAPtest 4.0 supports WS-Addressing and WS-ReliableMessaging, including automatic generation of WS-Addressing and WS- ReliableMessaging headers within the SOAP header. The Test Suite "Wizard" allows automatic creation of security penetration tests, asynchronous test suites, and tests from WSDL, WSIL, UDDI, and HTTP traffic. Load testing improvements allow users to define the exact number of virtual users for each profile. Starts at $3,495.
Phone: 888-305-0041; 626-256-3680
Total Visual Agent 2003
Total Visual Agent 2003 performs the database administration tasks your databases need automatically. It enables you to perform a variety of repetitive database chores, including compacting/repairing, creating backups, backing up live data, documenting statistics, and more. You can even run a macro or code to print reports, import/export data, and more. One instance of Total Visual Agent can manage all the databases across your machine and network. Tasks can be scheduled hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, or just once. It also lets you schedule your maintenance chores in the middle of the night, and receive e-mail notification if anything goes wrong. Total Visual Agent supports every version of Jet, Visual Basic, and Access, including 2003. New features include the ability to run as an NT Service. This service runs even without a user logged into the computer, providing increased security and automated restarting if the machine crashes. $299.
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