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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Sunday Surfing: Java for .NET

A friend sent me a link to the IKVM framework a few weeks ago, and as the week winded down, I was finally able to look more into it. For you Microsofties who build on .NET, and for the Java developers looking to interoperate with the Microsoft development world, IKVM looks to be a great solution. It provides a VM implementented in .NET, and Jave core class libraries implemented in .NET. The payoff is that .NET applications can leverage Java libraries, and visa-versa. There are of course other ways of interoperating, but this approach really allows for tight integration, which is sometimes nessassary in a integration project. There's no support for AWT/Swing, but I'm guessing 99.9% of the developers looking at this don't care. There is a potential project comming up in which I may get to use this stuff in at least a prototype environment, so I plan to post the results and experience.

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