Microsoft Releases Java-Language-to-C# Conversion Assistant

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 5, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the delivery of the final piece of the Java User Migration Path to Microsoft®
.NET (JUMP to .NET) strategy with the immediate availability of the beta 1 release of the Java Language Conversion Assistant (JLCA), a tool for Java language developers that provides a smooth transition to building XML Web services on the Microsoft .NET platform. The JLCA, built on the world-leading ArtinSoft migration technology, automatically converts most existing Java language source code into C# (pronounced C-sharp), migrating language syntax and library calls.

“Integration is a fundamental principle of the .NET platform, as is our commitment to providing a path so developers can build XML Web services in the programming language of their choice,” said Tom Button, vice president of Developer Marketing and Enterprise Tools at Microsoft. “With the JLCA, Java language developers have yet another avenue with which to target XML Web services through the .NET Framework.”

“The JLCA gives us more flexibility in migrating our Alibre Design application for peer-to-peer mechanical design and data sharing to the .NET platform,” said Steve Emmons, CTO of Alibre Inc. “We’re impressed with Microsoft’s commitment to the Java language community, especially developers who chose Visual J++®

The JLCA enhances productivity by enabling developers to take advantage of existing investments in the Java language to target the .NET Framework. The JLCA, which migrates most existing Java language source code to C#, is available for download today on MSDN® and will be a feature in forthcoming versions of Visual Studio®

As part of a continued effort to provide developers with the tools necessary to build XML Web services quickly and efficiently, ArtinSoft, the enterprise software migration and upgrade specialist, today announced the Java Language Conversion Assistant Enterprise Edition (JLCA EE). A superset of Microsoft’s Java Language Conversion Assistant, ArtinSoft’s solution provides customers that have an investment in the J2EE platform with a safe and economical conversion to C#. ArtinSoft’s technology is also the foundation for Microsoft’s Java Language Conversion Assistant.

“For more than two years we have been working with Microsoft to develop automatic migration technology to help customers transition seamlessly to the .NET platform,” said Carlos Araya, CEO of ArtinSoft. “ArtinSoft’s Java Language Conversion Assistant EE, coupled with our consulting services, provides businesses with the opportunity to move applications to the .NET platform 20 times faster than it would take to develop new applications or do manual rewrites.”

Microsoft announced its JUMP to .NET strategy over a year ago, outlining a set of independently developed technologies to help programmers preserve, enhance and migrate Java language projects to the .NET platform. The JUMP to .NET strategy consists of two tools: the Java Language Conversion Assistant and a Java language tool for the .NET Framework called Microsoft Visual J# (TM) .NET. Released in October 2001, Visual J# .NET enables Microsoft Visual J++ customers and other Java language programmers to take advantage of existing skills and code to fully exploit the .NET platform. Visual J# .NET has been independently developed by Microsoft. It is not endorsed or approved by Sun Microsystems Inc.



About the .NET Framework

The Microsoft .NET Framework is a platform for building, deploying and running XML Web services and applications. It provides a highly productive, standards-based, multilanguage environment for integrating existing investments with next-generation applications and services as well as the agility to solve the challenges of deployment and operation of Internet-scale applications. The .NET Framework consists of two main parts: the common language runtime and a hierarchical set of unified class libraries, which includes a next-generation Web application environment, ASP.NET; a loosely coupled data access subsystem, ADO.NET; and an environment for building rich Windows®
-based applications, Windows Forms.

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