Microsoft hopes to lure more developers away from Java with the beta release of Version 3.0 of the JLCA (Java Language Conversion Assistant) tool, which is designed for moving Java code to Microsoft's Visual C# .net and .net Framework.
Featured in version 3.0 is the ability to convert J2EE 1.3 applications including JSP and EJB. J2EE 1.3 and JDK libraries can be converted.
Other Java technologies can also be moved over, including EJB, JAAS (Java Authentication and Authorisation Service), JCE (Java Cryptography Extension), JMS (Java Message Service), JNDI (Java Naming and Directory Interface), and RMI (Remote Method Invocation).
Client conversion also has been boosted, with deeper support for migrating Swing applications.
Applications and services converted with JLCA will run only in the .net Framework.
Users interested in joining the beta program can log on to http://www.beta.microsoft.com, select "Sign in as Guest", enter "JLCA3" as the guest ID, and select the "Java Language Conversion 3.0" link.
Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld