Visual Guard Updated

Visual Guard for .NET allows dev managers to add security features to projects and manage users and roles among coders.

French development tools vendor Novalys has released a new version of its Visual Guard .NET repository-based tool for managing application users, accounts, roles and permissions without tweaking code.

Visual Guard allows developers to store access controls for applications in a repository. Based on the identity and pre-defined permissions of a user logging into an app, certain menu options are automatically disabled and data to which the user shouldn't have access is automatically hidden, says Novalys CEO Christophe Dufourmantelle.

The repository allows new accounts to be created and roles and permissions adjusted on the fly without changing an app's source code.

The 2.5 release adds a number of bug fixes and new features to the Visual Guard management console, including support for multiple versions of an app in one repository, while the updated runtime includes a new repository deployment API and command-line tool, the company says.

Visual Guard can be integrated into any .NET WinForms, ASP.NET or Web services project with a few lines of code and by defining accounts, roles and permissions to be governed by the tools, which sometimes can be migrated depending on how they were defined within the app. Dufourmantelle says the process typically takes about an hour. However, the company recommends that users strip out old code dealing with permissions from an app before Visual Guard is activated.
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