Product review: .Net comes to WebSphere Portal
Mainsoft lets .Net developers build WebSphere portlets, and it allows WebSphere to talk to SharePoint, to boot
WebSphere portlets, no Java
From the developer's perspective, Mainsoft's technology is attractive mainly because it is so transparent. An ASP.Net developer can create and deploy WebSphere portlets without having to lay so much as an eye on a single clause of Java. Better still, that developer has at his or her disposal all the Web controls that Visual Studio makes available to ordinary ASP.Net applications. Put another way, the developer's skills at ASP.Net are carried into the world of Java and WebSphere, and suffer no real loss in the transition.
Mainsoft is in the process of building a remarkable edifice atop its .Net-to-Java translation technology. The tight integration of Mainsoft's WebSphere Portal and SharePoint Federator tools with Visual Studio lets .Net developers code for entirely new targets, all the while making those new targets look comfortably familiar. As Mainsoft annexes more .Net real estate, it creates a toolset that developers interested in enterprise-wide mashups should acquaint themselves with.