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The company will build and integrate XML Web services developer tools and components into Visual Studio .net.
Participation in the Microsoft programme, along with HP's Java applications support through involvement with the Eclipse development tools effort, is intended to boost deployment of OpenView management applications, according to Kip Darcy, product manager for the developer resource organisation at HP.
"We have a two-pronged approach, which is focus on both Java and .net, and our activities are focused on increasing the accessibility to deliverables of our management and Web services assets," Darcy said. "The long-term objective is to make OpenView as a platform more developer-accessible."
HP believed companies could not pick just Java or .Net.
"We want to make it easy for developers to utilise OpenView in their enterprise systems and they'll be able to do that via Eclipse-based development environments and .net- based development environments," Darcy said.