In another development in the TFS arena, users of mainframes would be able to access Microsoft's ALM server just like users of Windows, Unix and the Mac already can, with technology in development at Teamprise.
With a planned mainframe client, developers working on a mainframe could be "full and equal contributors to a development project that is being managed in Microsoft Team Foundation Server," said Martin Woodward, Teamprise senior software engineer.
TFS currently can be accessed for Java, Mac, Unix and Windows projects, Woodward noted. "However we have a significant customer base that also have developers for whom the mainframe is their development environment -- they don't use tools like Visual Studio or Eclipse. They use a IBM 3270 Terminal and log onto the mainframe where they find their code and development tools," Woodward said."It is for these people that we are developing the Teamprise mainframe client," he said. The client is being developed on z/OS R08.
Microsoft's Harry gives Teamprise's efforts a thumbs-up in a blog entry.
"I'm really thrilled they are taking this step because I've always believed that it's important that all people in a software development project are able to access the project resources no matter what their role and no matter what platform they are on," Harry said.