Microsoft and SAP AG have unveiled a software development toolkit designed to make it easier to produce SAP applications running on Windows.
Dubbed Portal Development Kit (PDK) for Microsoft .Net, the offering helps developers to integrate NetWeaver and Visual Studio.Net 2003.
Provided as an add-in to the Microsoft Visual Studio.Net 2003 integrated development environment, the PDK aims to enable SAP customers to build content for the SAP Enterprise Portal, the portal component of SAP NetWeaver, using supported development languages, including Microsoft Visual C# and Microsoft Visual Basic.Net.
Business content running on the SAP Enterprise Portal and the .Net Framework can integrate with key portal services, such as user management, SAP Single Sign On and specialised content.
"With the expansion of Microsoft's long-standing relationship with SAP in May 2004, we continue to focus on enabling customers with the 40,000 SAP installations using the Windows platform to achieve greater efficiencies and drive better business results," said Tim O'Brien, senior product manager for Microsoft.
Developers can build the user interface of this interactive business content using any combination of the standard SAP .Net controls and user interface controls of SAP NetWeaver.
The .Net portal business content can be deployed through SAP NetWeaver and the Portal Runtime for .Net that processes the .Net business content code and integrates the results in SAP Enterprise Portal.
"With this announcement, SAP and Microsoft are delivering on the promise to deepen integration between SAP NetWeaver and .Net in order to help customers better integrate their enterprise," said Peter Graf, senior vice president of product marketing, collaborative solutions, at SAP.
"Thousands of shared customers will benefit from the improved level of interoperability that the PDK for .Net enables."
The PDK can be downloaded from the SAP Developer Network here.
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