Sun Microsystems is looking to boost the Java platform, while Microsoft is attempting to lure developers away from it.
Microsoft has made public the beta of J# Browser Controls v1.1b which provides a way to migrate Java applet source code to run within the context of the Microsoft .net Framework.
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J# provides language and JDK functionality for migrating of Java code to .net, while using Java development skills.
Looking to help customers move from the Microsoft Java Virtual Machine to .net, Version 1.1b adds scripting and offline support.
Offline support means users do not need a Microsoft Internet Information Server web server for hosting J# Browser control functions.
Sun also announced the second phase of its technology preview for its upcoming Sun Java Studio Creator development tool, codenamed "Project Rave".
The preview phase enables a selected audience of developers to provide feedback on the product. The second phase will focus on areas such as ease of installation and use, said Jim Inscore, product marketing manager for Java Studio Creator.
An early access release of Java Studio Creator, for a wider audience, is planned for this spring.
Intended to simplify Java development, Java Studio Creator is to feature drag-and-drop layout of both user interfaces and component infrastructures, simplified event-based coding, and simplified access to databases and web services.
Sun also announced that the ObjectWeb Consortium is licensing the J2EE 1.4 specification and Compatibility Test Suite under new licence terms favourable to non-profit and open-source projects.
ObjectWeb will participate in Sun's compatibility scholarship programme.
Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld