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PowerBuilder 11's .NET support may be welcomed by developers looking to expand their horizons and take further advantage of SOA, yet developing in this environment also introduces new threats. Applications developed using the Microsoft .NET platform inherently expose the intellectual property they contain much more than their native compiled counterparts. With .NET, the application code is in an intermediate form that exposes the source code. This means that application threats like tampering to enable piracy, exploits used to gain access to data, and the risk of code theft are higher with .NET code. While .NET offers an efficient framework for developing and deploying Windows applications, it also uses a common intermediate language containing highly detailed metadata that makes compiled applications easier to reverse-engineer. In fact the IP in .NET applications ... (more)