Microsoft Releases Java Language Conversion Assistant 2.0

REDMOND, Wash., July 15, 2003 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the 2.0 release of the Java Language Conversion Assistant (JLCA). The JLCA is a tool that provides Java language developers with a smooth transition to building Web services, and Web- and Windows® based applications on the Microsoft
® .NET Framework. 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 Visual C#®
.NET to bring about the conversion.

“Our customers are seeing productivity and performance increases because they are able to leverage existing investments in their Web applications written in the Java language by migrating them to ASP.NET,”
said John Montgomery, director of the Developer and Platform Evangelism Division at Microsoft.

With version 2.0 of the JLCA, developers can now convert JavaServer Pages (JSP) and servlet applications to ASP.NET and experience the power of the .NET Framework. Offering developers such a tool is essential because there is so much demand for high-quality Web applications.

When Random House Inc. and Infusion Development Corp. wanted to simplify the maintenance and reduce the licensing costs of the Web site associated with the CodeNotes book series, they ported the site from JSP to ASP.NET with the help of the JLCA 2.0.

“We migrated our site from JSP to ASP.NET for many reasons including the ease of modification, better low-cost scalability and the ability to leverage ASP.NET features for future enhancements to the site,”
said Rob McGovern, senior project manager at Infusion Development.
“Because of the integration with the Visual Studio® .NET 2003 IDE, our developers are much more productive and are able to use the rich features available with the development environment.”

To support the release of JLCA 2.0, Microsoft has also published a JSP to ASP.NET Migration Guide, which provides a comprehensive set of resources to aid in a migration to ASP.NET. The centerpiece of the guide is a complete, step-by-step code conversion of the Web site. The guide supports the documented migration with videos, white papers, sample code and additional resources. More information can be found at .

The JLCA is the quickest low-cost method of converting Java language applications to the .NET Framework; because it runs within the Visual Studio .NET integrated development environment (IDE), the JLCA facilitates application development as well, increasing developer productivity. And, by converting business logic, the JLCA can decrease the time to market of applications, which enables customers to use existing investments. With the JLCA, customers can start experiencing the power of the .NET Framework and the component-oriented programming features of Visual C# .NET immediately.

The JLCA 2.0, which migrates most existing Java language source code to Visual C# .NET, is available for download today on the MSDN®
Web site at .

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