Microsoft Rounds Out Developer Languages With Launch of Visual J# .NET

BARCELONA, Spain, July 1, 2002 — Today at Microsoft® TechEd 2002 Europe, Microsoft Corp. launched Microsoft Visual J#™ .NET, a development tool for Java-language developers building applications and services on the Microsoft .NET Framework. The launch of Visual J# .NET signals the completion and availability of all the Microsoft programming languages within Visual Studio® .NET, including Visual C++® .NET, Visual C#™ .NET and Visual Basic® .NET.

Visual J# .NET provides an easy transition for Java-language developers into the world of XML Web services and dramatically improves the interoperability of Java-language programs with existing software written in a variety of other programming languages. 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.

“Today, Java-language developers can increase their productivity while building and deploying agile, interoperable XML Web services,”
said Tom Button, vice president of the Developer and Platform Evangelism Division at Microsoft.
“With Visual J# .NET, we’re helping our customers solve the complex problem of integration.”

Customers are reaping the benefits of increased productivity with Visual J# .NET. The ease of integration, interoperability and migration of existing skills and investments that Visual J# .NET enables is a big draw for customers wanting to develop applications and XML Web services with the Java language on the .NET Framework.

“Microsoft .NET Platform is key for our Web-based 3-D PLM solutions: It brings intuitiveness and interactivity within all collaborative engineering day-to-day work,”
said Philippe Mouttou, director of R & D Enterprise Architecture at Dassault Systemes.
“Visual Studio .NET and in particular Visual J# .NET enable our developers to get the application up and running for our customers in very short timeframe.”

Key Features of Visual J# .NET

  • Integration with Visual Studio .NET. Visual J# .NET provides programming tools support through its integration with the award-winning Visual Studio .NET integrated development environment (IDE). All the features of the IDE are easily accessible to the Visual J# .NET developer.

  • Full integration with .NET Framework. Visual J# .NET is designed to take full advantage of the .NET Framework, including full cross-language integration, ASP.NET, ADO.NET, Windows® Forms and XML Web services.

  • Visual J++ 6.0 upgrade tools. Visual J# .NET includes tools to automatically upgrade and convert existing Visual J++ 6.0 projects and solutions to the new Visual Studio .NET format. These tools help ensure that a developer using Visual J++ 6.0 can easily move to Visual J# .NET and produce .NET applications and components.

With Visual Studio .NET and the .NET Framework, developers can create and deploy XML Web services on the .NET Platform easily. XML Web services provide businesses with a new way to employ the Internet as a development platform and enable businesses to seamlessly interoperate across disparate systems and platforms. With support for more than 20 programming languages, these products allow developers to extend their existing skills to embrace the new world of XML Web services.


Microsoft Visual J# .NET is available for existing Visual Studio .NET customers from either the Microsoft Web site at or from the MSDN® download area at for MSDN subscription customers. Visual J# .NET has been independently developed by Microsoft and is the property of Microsoft Corp. It is not endorsed or approved in any way by Sun Microsystems Inc.

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