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Microsoft adds web apps to Java conversion tool

Microsoft has released Version 2.0 of its Java Language Conversion Assistant (JLCA) software to enable migration of Java applications to the .net framework.

Key to Version 2.0 is support of migration of web applications based on JavaServer Pages (JSP) and servlets. Microsoft product manager for Visual C# Dan Fernandez claimed that 80% of Java development today is done using JSP and servlet applications.

Based on ArtinSoft technology, JLCA automates the migration of language syntax and library calls from existing Java language source code into Visual C# to bring about the conversion.

Version 2.0 enables conversion of JSP and servlet applications to ASP .net. JLCA runs within Visual Studio .net. By converting business logic, it can reduce the time to market of applications, enabling customers to use existing investments.

To support JLCA 2.0, Microsoft has published a JSP to ASP .net migration guide, providing resources to aid in migration to ASP.net. Included in the guide is a step-by-step code conversion of the http//www.codenotes.com book publishing website, which was converted from Java to .net.

The guide supports documented migration with videos, white papers, sample code, and additional resources. Further information can be found at http://msdn.microsoft.com/asp.net/using/migrating/jspmig/default.aspx.

JLCA 2.0 is available for free download at http://msdn.microsoft.com

There were more than 150,000 downloads of the original JLCA, but Microsoft does not have specific numbers on how many applications were converted using it.

Sun Microsystems officials could not be reached for comment yesterday regarding Microsoft's announcement.

Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld


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