Versant has released VOD .NET, a dedicated object database system for Microsoft .NET. VOD .NET is a SDK for database applications for Windows and the Internet. VOD .NET is fully integrated with Microsoft development tools including Visual Studio and .NET 3.x. The software is available for all major Windows platforms, including Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008. The VOD .NET pre-release is available immediately while the generally available version is scheduled for release later this year.
"In general, object-oriented application development (OOAD) has matured over the past 10 years and is now considered 'main stream'," says Versant's Jochen Witte. "Microsoft is embracing OOAD with its latest .NET application framework, which includes new object-oriented programming interfaces for databases, most notably LINQ (Language INtegrated Query) and ADO.NET's Entity Framework. VOD .NET is fully integrated with ADO.NET and LINQ and may create exciting new opportunities and markets for the Versant Object Database by simplifying the adoption of an Entity Framework based approach to application development."
Versant says that with VOD .NET, developers can focus work efforts on the application and its domain model. VOD .NET handles the required persistence services, while managing availability and demand requirements created by increasing concurrency and growing data volume. The LINQ integration lets programmers develop the application and database entirely in a single type system.