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Microsoft JUMPs for Java

A beta version of a tool that converts Java applications into Microsoft Corp.’s new programming language for building .Net applications was released recently. The latest release in Microsoft’s JUMP to .Net strategy aims to lure Java developers to Microsoft’s new Web-based computing architecture, which is centred around its own programming languages. JUMP stands for Java User Migration Path.

Used with Microsoft’s forthcoming developer software, Visual Studio .Net, the Java Language Conversion Assistant (JLCA) will automatically convert basic Java source code into C#, Microsoft’s new language developed specifically for .Net. The JLCA is intended to turn a basic Java application or a JSP (Java Server Page) into an application capable of being hosted on a Microsoft server rather than a Java-based server.

Palm OS compatibility tools unveiled

PalmSource Inc., the Palm OS subsidiary of Palm, Inc., has announced it’s providing its vast development community with compatibility tools to ensure that existing software programs run smoothly on Palm OS 5. The OS 5 beta was to be previewed recently at the PalmSource Conference and is the next major Palm OS release that supports ARM-compliant processors from industry leaders Intel, Motorola and Texas Instruments.

Software programs that comply with Palm OS 4.0 application programming interfaces (APIs) are expected to work on Palm OS 5. The new tools will enable developers to test their applications to ensure they are compatible. Members of the Palm OS Developer Program will be able to download the following tools from the Palm OS Web site,

Microsoft Canada announces Ontario MSDN regional director

Microsoft Canada has announced that it has appointed Kate Gregory as the Ontario Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) regional director. Appointed this January and holding the title for the 2002 calendar year.

Developers play an integral part in the success and adoption of Microsoft’s .Net platform. As such, Microsoft understands that developers across Ontario and worldwide need a fellow developer that they can communicate with regarding ideas and issues. Regional Directors are developers that volunteer to have active roles in the developer community to listen and understand developer issues, offering their expertise, knowledge and advice to developers that want to better understand Microsoft’s direction.