Java is going through a tough time at present. New vulnerabilities
are popping out and several organizations are taking steps to avoid Java altogether. They are either telling their employees to disable Java in their browser or uninstalling it from the computers. It’s an intelligent strategy, but if some of your enterprise programs run on Java, things can get complicated. What can you do? Well, instead of installing security patches for Java, you can convert the Java applets to a more manageable platform. It is difficult to find one solution for all Java applets and thus, here I will discuss a few popular migration paths. You should take the path that perfectly fits your business.
Tool assisted porting is useful
If you are using a Java based application that does not require a browser to run, select a Java to C++ convertor software. It will translate your existing Java code into C++. The software will also show you a list of things it can’t translate and with the help of an IDE you prefer, you can start working from where the software
ended. The problem is that the converter can generate a tremendous amount of code to execute a task. Besides, the cost of such a converter may not suit everyone’s budget. However, don’t opt for free converter software out there, because you may invite unnecessary troubles.
What if you don’t need an applet altogether?
and frameworks like Enyo and jQuery let you do many more things in a webpage that was not possible in Java. So, why don’t you abandon the plug-ins completely? The modern browsers support HTML5 and the frameworks I have mentioned here and it’s time to step forward to the future.
Ideal solution: Google Chrome and Native Client
Google Native Client or NaCI is a great solution for people desperately searching ways to get freedom from Java. With the help of a Java to C++ converter, you can seamlessly move from Java to NaCI. Your code will operate impeccably and there is no need to use HTML5 or Enyo and jQuery frameworks. Besides Google Chrome browser, NaCl apps execute flawlessly on Chromebooks
. However, there is one disadvantage. Only Google Chrome and Chromium support NaCI right now.
Old yet useful: Netscape plug-in API
The Netscape Plug-in API is not the best solution, but if your application is dependent on browsers and you can’t lock your employees in a Chrome environment, this is a good option for you.
These are the options available for Java migration. I hope after reading this article, you will be able to take a knowledgeable decision.
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