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Java Developer's Journal Publishes A Breaking News Story On "Microsoft .NET To Include Java"

According To The Article Published In Yesterday's JDJ Digital Edition: "Visual JSharp .NET Version 7.0 Will Integrate The Java-L

NEW YORK, NY--(INTERNET WIRE)--Oct 10, 2001-- SYS-CON Media (www.sys-con.com) announced that yesterday's issue of Java Developer's Journal -Digital Edition- features a breaking news story on Microsoft .NET to include Java. "The Attempted 'Javafication' of Microsoft Continues..." titled article covers the following story. (www.sys-con.com/java). The Attempted 'Javafication' of Microsoft Continues...

Rumor, they say, is a great traveler - if developers were in any doubt about this, they need only monitor the worldwide rumor-mill surrounding the rivalry between Sun and Microsoft...

There have been rumblings ever since JavaOne, this summer, that MS had a project code-named "Java.NET". This heralded an escalation of the Java versus C# war by adapting the .NET platform in such a way as to pave the way, so to speak, for "Microsoft Java." Indeed, bonus-starved lawyers in Silicon Valley have been slavering over the thought of this ever since these rumors began.

This week came 100% tangible evidence, though, in the form of an official Release Note, dated October 11, that described a beta of "Visual JSharp .NET Version 7.0" - a development tool that, according to the note, "integrates the Java-language syntax into the Visual Studio .NET shell" so that Java developers can use it to build applications and services on the .NET Framework. "Microsoft Visual J# .NET also supports the functionality found in VJ++ 6.0 including Microsoft extensions" the note continues.

The beta download, a 7MB file, appeared ahead of time, only to be removed shortly afterwards. Now you see it, now you don't.

Clearly the Java.NET rumor, then, was far more than just a rumor. Noting the accompanying disclaimer:

"Visual J# .NET has been independently developed by Microsoft. It is not endorsed or approved by Sun Microsystems, Inc."

JDJ immediately contacted Sun Microsystems in Santa Clara for an official comment.

"We don't comment on rumors or speculation," said David Harrah, Sun's group manager of Java Public Relations. Sources close to Sun though are saying that at first glimpse this Visual J# looks like nothing more than a release of the JUMP software announced in January after the settlement of the Sun Microsoft lawsuit.

If the download page's description is (or rather, was) correct, the Microsoft software addresses only the use of the Java programming language, not the Java platform. Sun (and their lawyers) would consider this a crucial distinction, as the platform incorporates the use of the Java Virtual Machine. This is what gives the Java technology its cross-platform compatibility and support - Java's fundamental value proposition.

The now-withdrawn page originally read:

"Microsoft Visual J# .NET is not a tool for developing applications intended to run on a Java Virtual Machine. Applications and services built with Visual J# .NET will run only in the .NET Framework."

This means the Microsoft technology remains locked into the .NET Framework and does not operate in the system-agnostic universe of the Java platform. Thus, applications developed with this rumored technology will not enjoy the cross-platform benefits of apps built with the real Java programming language that run with the Java platform.

Sun will be hoping, then, that the MS technology is nothing more than the "bridge" software Microsoft announced in January that provides a minimal migration path for those developers who used VJ++ 6.0, thinking it was compatible with the Java platform.

But is it, JDJ asks, a bridge too far?

VJ++ 6.0 and its "Microsoft extensions" were after all the basis for Sun's lawsuit against Microsoft precisely because VJ++ 6.0 was not compatible with the Java platform, a violation of the licensing agreement.

Sources close to Sun disclosed to JDJ that the rumored announcement, if true, is nothing more than Microsoft F.U.D. and would only spur Sun to reaffirm their desire that Microsoft license the Java technology in good faith and thereby join the hundreds of other companies that participate in the Java Community Process, which extends and maintains the Java technology. Sun has always held that full support and interoperability should begin with a license.

JDJ can't help noting that the whole J# .NET rumor - or whatever it is - is eloquent testimony to the increasing pervasiveness of Java over the past six years and the increasing demand from users that Microsoft products provide true interoperability with the Java platform.

Similarly, last week's SQL Server/J2EE connector announcement from Microsoft could be viewed as a clear realization by MS that they need to supply technologies that connect their software with Java.

About SYS-CON Media:
SYS-CON Media, twice named the fastest-growing, privately held publishing company in America by Inc 500, is the world's leading publisher exclusively serving i-technology markets. SYS-CON publications include: Wireless Business & Technology (www.WBT2.com), Java Developer's Journal (www.JavaDevelopersJournal.com), XML-Journal (www.XML-Journal.com), Web Services Journal (www.WSJ2.com), ColdFusion Developer's Journal (www.ColdFusionJournal.com), PowerBuilder Developer's Journal (www.PowerBuilderJournal.com), WebSphere Developer's Journal (www.WebSphereDevelopersJournal.com), BEA WebLogic Developer's Journal (www.WeblogicDevelopersJournal.com).

About SYS-CON Events, Inc.:
SYS-CON Events, Inc. is the world's leading producer of i-technology developer conferences and expositions. SYS-CON Events' upcoming developer conference calendar includes: “XMLEdge2001 - International XML Conference & Expo,” colocated with “Web Services Edge 2001 West - International Web Services Conference & Expo,” to take place October 22-25, at Santa Clara Convention Center, California; “Wireless Edge 2002 - International Wireless Business & Technology Conference & Expo” to take place May 7-9 at Santa Clara Convention Center, California; and “Web Services Edge 2002 East - International Web Services Conference & Expo,” colocated with “JDJEdge 2002 International Java Developer Conference & Expo” to take place June 24-27 at Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Each month SYS-CON Media reaches over half a million i-technology professionals through its specialty journals, magazines, books, conferences, and the SYS-CON Interactive portal with its 87 Web sites at www.sys-con.com.

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