Microsoft Releases Second Beta of Java Language to C# Conversion Assistant

REDMOND, Wash., June 4, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the delivery of the second beta 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. Built on the world-leading ArtinSoft migration technology, the JLCA automates the process of migrating language syntax and library calls from existing Java-language source code into C# to bring about the conversion.

“Microsoft is committed to providing a path for developers to build XML Web services in the programming language of their choice,”
said Tom Button, vice president of the Developer Platform and Evangelism Division at Microsoft.
“With the beta 2 of the JLCA, Java-language developers will be able to automatically convert more code to C#, enabling them to create scalable, robust applications in a shorter time frame.”

“The JLCA has been a powerful tool for our developers,”
said John Hogan, vice president of engineering at Plumtree Software.
“Plumtree is committed to building .NET development tools and offering our customers the scalability and reliability of a .NET portal. The JLCA will allow us to do this while managing overall development costs.”

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 the MSDN® Web site at and will be a feature in forthcoming versions of Visual Studio® .NET.

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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