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VISIBLE PRODUCT ACCELERATES DEVELOPMENT OF MICROSOFT .NET APPLICATIONS BY PRODUCING 90+% OF THE CODE

Developer 3.0, a new release from Visible Systems, helps developers build XML Web services
applications at half the cost and effort of traditional development methods.

LEXINGTON, MA - October 21, 2002 -- Visible Systems Corporation, a member of the Microsoft Visual Studio.NET Integration Program (VSIP), unveiled the first of its tools designed to help companies more efficiently build enterprise XML Web service applications using Microsoft Visual Studio.NET technology. Showcased at the New England Microsoft ISV Conference in greater Boston, Visible Developer 3.0 works within Visual Studio.NET to automatically generate 90+% of the business logic and database access code directly from the application model. With Visible Developer, companies building new applications or moving existing applications to Microsoft .NET technology can save 50% of the cost of traditional development methods.

"Visible Developer really complements and extends the power of Microsoft Visual Studio.NET by automatically generating business logic for the developer," said Frank Gocinski, business development manager for Visual Studio.NET at Microsoft Corp. "This is an often requested feature, and we are glad to see our partners at Visible deliver such a robust solution."

"Visible just made it easier for companies to move to XML Web services," said John Vosburgh, Visible general manager of Modeling Tools. "We've added Microsoft Visual Studio.NET code generation to our proven Visible Developer product, which already generates production code for Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 and ASP. Visible Developer goes well beyond the shell code produced by competitive products by generating a production application."

Visible's John Vosburgh added that an earlier version of Visible Developer was used to implement one of the biggest legacy conversions to Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0, generating over 1 million lines of code.

About Visible Developer

Visible Developer 3.0 is a software component design and development tool that generates fully functional three-tier applications incorporating the latest technologies: XML Web services, ADO.NET, Microsoft Visual Basic.NET, and XML. It maps the physical database design to a single logical business object. Developers use design-time objects to express business requirements in Visible Developer's model. Code patterns translate requirements into the Microsoft Visual Basic.NET classes, modules, forms, and stored procedures comprising the applications.

Because it is model-based, Developer is particularly valuable to companies that use model-driven architecture. By combining a single model of the business application with the Visual Studio.NET code pattern, Developer lets companies modernize applications without the cost and risk of a rewrite. The IT group gets greater leverage from its existing staff, and developers maintain focus on adding business value.

Visible Developer's model-based development results in reusable, technology-neutral business components. The current product includes code generation for Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 and Visual Studio.NET. A synchronization feature keeps the business component design consistent with the underlying database.

Visible Developer 3.0 is priced at $1,995. A special Early Adopter Offer enables people to purchase Developer during a limited time for $595, 70% off the normal cost.

About Visible Systems Corporation

Visible Systems enables companies to significantly reduce the cost of developing Microsoft .NET applications. In business for 20 years, Visible has applied proven technology to the Microsoft Visual Studio.NET market, introducing Visible Developer 3.0.

Headquartered in Lexington, MA, Visible offers end-to-end, model-based solutions for developing and managing large-scale software and database applications. Products include: Visible Analyst, a powerful software analysis and design tool that supports UML, XML, and round-trip structured software engineering in one integrated tool set; Visible Developer, a model-based application design and code generation tool; and Razor/LCSIS, an integrated software configuration management and product data management system. Visible customers include National Security Agency, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Boeing, Motorola, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and Los Alamos National Labs.

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