Developers using Microsoft’s Visual Studio .Net software engineering suite can now utilize a plug-in that allows them to code Web applications for Linux, NewsFactor reports.

It’s called Grasshopper. Visual MainWin for J2EE Developer Edition is designed to link Visual Studio development to Linux and J2EE server deployments.

Grasshopper was designed by Mainsoft and is claimed to be the first Visual Studio-based IDE for Linux, NewsFactor says.

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