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Here's an interesting problem for reviewing products in the .NET/Visual Studio toolspace: What are the boundaries? For instance, in our September issue we just reviewed a product that supports creating Office applications and another product for creating PDF documents. Those seemed to "obviously" be tools of value to .NET developers.

However, we just got a press release about the release of Amethyst and WebOrb which, together, are supposed to provide end-to-end Flash to .NET development within Visual Studio. Are these tools that we should be reviewing in Visual Studio Magazine?

Not only do the technologies overlap, so do the companies. Aspose, which makes the PDF product we reviewed, also makes a Flash management tool. If the vendors are mixing their technologies is the same true for developers?

Posted by Peter Vogel on 09/08/2010 at 1:16 PM


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