All OpenSpan solutions are designed and built using the OpenSpan development environment which is available in two flavors: as a plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 or as a standalone IDE. Both versions are available to developers free of charge from the OpenSpan Community Site.
What does it do for me?
OpenSpan Studio provides a unique, intuitive, rapid visual development environment that allows a developer to take control over any application that is available on a user's desktop. Everything about OpenSpan is event-driven and the development environment quickly and easily allows a developer to:
- Identify which applications they want to work with
- Identify which objects within those applications they want to monitor or manage
- Identify which events are important at runtime
- Define what should occur when those events fire
- Expose application behavior as web services
The runtime behavior could effectively be just about anything that the developer specifies, such as:
- Sending an alert that the event has occurred
- Invoking a web service
- Automatically copying data from one application to the next
- Hiding an application from the user
- Adding business logic into a workflow
- Changing the properties of fields within an application
- Populating a toolbar or popup with relevant information
- Displaying a tooltip for process guidance
- And many, many more...
How do I use it?
What does it work with?
OpenSpan Studio works with virtually any application available in a user's environment, including:
- Windows / Web / Java / Mainframe applications
- Third–party and SaaS / Cloud-based applications
- Citrix & virtualized applications
- Any application or service with standard interfaces such as Web Services, JMS or MQ-Series
- Closed, custom-developed applications with no APIs or integration points
- Enterprise applications, such as SAP, Siebel CRM, salesforce.com, Amdocs, FIS, BMC Remedy, etc.
Which IDE Should I Use?
If you are not an existing Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 developer then download the standalone OpenSpan Studio.
If you are an existing developer using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, then use the OpenSpan Plug-In for Visual Studio. In addition to providing the OpenSpan visual design capability, this version exposes OpenSpan functionality via a .NET API, enabling developers to access all of OpenSpan's runtime capabilities directly from code if desired and mix and match .NET and OpenSpan projects in a single executable.