NewsFactor says, developers using Microsoft’s popular Visual Studio .Net software engineering suite were today offered a plug-in that allows them to code Web applications for Linux. Referred to as Grasshopper, the freely available 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. It enables developers to develop, debug and deploy Web applications and Web services for Windows, Linux and any Java-enabled platform using Visual Studio software, C# and Visual Basic .Net. The offering is aimed at individual developers and small user group deployments. Read more.