Registered: Apr 2001
Location: New York
Together 5.5 first impressions
TogetherSoft has done it again by pulling a rabbit out of a hat, so to speak, and coming up with a new, ground-breaking release.
What is so unique about Together Control Center, release 5.5? For starters, it now supports ALL of these languages: Java, C++, C#, VB6 and .NET. If you want proof, you can now find the CashSales example implemented as a sample application in each of the languages!
This is quite odd... A C# development tool written in Java! How will Redmond digest this?
A harder question: where does a company go from this point, having supported 3 cutting edge MS technologies? If history is any guide, a company usually gets bought and moves to Redmond... If this sounds outlandish, given that TCC is written in Java, how hard would it be to translate the Java to C# given that the latter is a knockoff of the former?
These are hard questions, but given the business climate out there now for software companies, anything could happen. Especially since TogetherSoft got an infusion of investment capital over the last year. Investors generally want return on investment.
I've made my predictions, now let's hear yours...
As a side note, it appears that TogetherSoft is on a six month release schedule with one release usually timed before Java One each year. The 5.0 release seemed odd at the time because the major feature seemed to be the licensing scheme. This release has more new features, of which the biggest seems to be the new language support.
A note to TogetherSoft: how about adding Python and Ruby support! Is there no money in this?
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