Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced the delivery of the second beta of the Java Language Conversion Assistant, its tool to help Java developers move to Microsofts C# language.
The Redmond, Wash., company is positioning the tool as a method by which Java developers can transition to building XML Web services on Microsofts .Net platform. The JLCA automates the process of migrating language syntax and library calls from existing Java source code into C#.
In a statement, Tom Button, vice president of the developer platform and evangelism division at Microsoft, said the company "is committed to providing a path for developers to build XML Web services in the programming language of their choice. With the beta 2 of the JLCA, Java-language developers will be able to automatically convert more code to C#, enabling them to create scalable, robust applications in a shorter time frame."
Microsoft said the JLCA migrates "most" existing Java-language source code to C#, is available immediately for download on the Microsoft Developer Network Web site at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/downloads/jca/default.asp and will be a feature in forthcoming versions of Visual Studio .Net.