Migrating Web/JSP apps using Java Language Conversion Assistant 3.0

I just want to discuss one of the issues that we have in the Java Language Conversion Assistant (JLCA) 3.0 for which we have had a few customer queries. This relates to migrating Web apps and JSP apps using JLCA 3.0.

JLCA converts the Web/JSP apps to the ASP.NET. However, the limitation here is that JLCA only supports conversion of these apps to ASP.NET 1.1 which is compatible with Visual Studio 2003. Visual Studio 2005 can be used only with the ASP.NET 2.0 apps. Thus the ASP.NET apps migrated by JLCA are not fully compatible with Visual Studio 2005.

So what do users do if they want to convert their Web/JSP apps?

There are two options the users can follow:

1. Convert their app using JLCA 3.0 which is shipped with Visual Studio 2005. Goto the Output folder specified during the conversion. Open the migrated C# project. Visual Studio 2005 automatically converts any ASP.NET 1.1 application to ASP.NET 2.0 application. You are ready with your migrated ASP.NET 2.0 app.

2. If users want to continue using ASP.NET 1.1 only, they can use JLCA 3.0 Beta, which is an add-on for Visual Studio 2003. (Though in Beta, the quality of the product is pretty stable.)

We would try to improve this experience in the next product release.

Hope this helps.