It is not very often a leading technical expert from Microsoft itself can be heard to say, "I do not know of anyone else doing anything like this". Well it happened at a recent unveiling of Viznet, local company Adroit Technologies’ data visualisation development framework built on Microsoft Windows .NET platform.

In order to get a better understanding of the Viznet technology it is important to understand what Microsoft Windows .Net is about and why Bill Gates, at the launch, stated that the move from the current Windows paradigm to .Net is greater than the shift from DOS to Windows.

Mike Lamusse, technical director of Adroit Technologies, explains, "The general idea behind Microsoft .Net is to enable developers of applications to develop products and services that reside on the Internet. In addition, applications can interact with each other securely and safely, by exposing their data via an eXtensible Markup Language (XML) interface technology commonly referred to as a ‘Web Service’. The Microsoft .NET development tools and the .NET framework takes care of the connection and security or ‘plumbing’ between such applications, allowing developers to concentrate on building the product, rather than the infrastructure."

Viznet aims to blend a Visual Studio-like development environment with an intuitive set of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) tools. Using a Windows forms-based approach users can mix quality graphics with any Windows controls to build a graphical user interface that will self-deploy to users’ machines - whether this be a local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN) or the Internet, the company says.

Viznet is designed in client/server architecture, the server side of the product offers access to a multitude of data sources such as Supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada), databases, OLE for Process Control (OPC) Servers and other Web Services for complete supply chain integration.

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