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Microsoft Dishes Out New Java SDK For Its Team Foundation Server Solution

Windows maker Microsoft has dished out a new Java software development kit for its Microsoft Team Foundation Server solution at the TechEd 2011 conference in Atlanta.

The Team Foundation SDK for Java will come with documentation, samples and components that would allow developers to create applications for the Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation server platform.

In a blog post, Brian Harry, a product unit manager for Team Foundation Server at Microsoft, revealed that the Java SDK will come with a redistributable JAR file that will contain TFS APIs, a native code library used by the TFS API, documentation in Javadoc format and samples of codes.

“This is going to enable teams using Team Explorer Everywhere to fully customize their development environment – in Eclipse or outside,” he explained.

“Further, we have a few 3rd party ISVs that are in the process of adding TFS support to their software offerings using our new SDK,” Harry added.

Microsoft also informed that it was not necessary for developers to have Team Explorer Everywhere or have a license for it in order to work with the SDK. Developers working on the .NET API will have no problems in working with the SDK.